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^eek of Dece^r 26, 19U8 - January 1, 19h9 inclusive 

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Saturday, January 1, 19Uy 

Late this aften>oon Mi38 Hary .Mm Say and f-J^^r 

guests fSlowed in the large Ball Koom of the Inn. 

Our bride powned in a pearl gray satin street 
Xen^. -rr fcoo^P^ea .y two ----^^^ " -„ 
same manner, received her guests in xx-^n^ 
the Ball room. 

The towering *ite wedding cake ,*lch had been banked 
idth greens and tiny yellow flowers was then cut. 

our bride and groom soon departed, but if'^^^ 
later in the evening to s,^d their wedding niaht at the Inn. 

Week of January 2-8, 19h9 inclusive 

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Sunday, Jaiuary 2, 191^9 Pleasant 

ViMle a "tarnished pewter" sky threatened us idth 
rjiin in the laoming, by noon tine the sun was shining and the 
day turned out to be a pleasant one. Not quite a hundred 
people came for dinner. In the Gilbert party were three of 
the yoxxng fry, the youngest carrying a new doll. Her name 
is Betsy iVettsy and we were told with enthusiasm about other 
dolls in the Gilbert family. "Had I known you liked dolls", 
volimteered the oldest, "I would have brought Sparkle Plenty." 
There seemed to be plenty of sparkle in Betsy V/ettsy and in 
all the other little Gilberts. 

Colds are prevalent around the Inn and several of 
the staff are complaining of the accompanying aches and pains. 
Mr. MacMillan, in charge of Maintenance, is among those 
afflicted and Raymond Coulter, the hous«aan, has been absent 
for the past several days. 

Monday, January 3, I9I49 Warm - Sunny 

If there were any snow or ice to raelt this weather 
might be called the January Thaw. But the ground is bare and 
the grass is getting green a^ain. Much to our regret the 
Christmas wreaths and lights are being taken down by Mr. Mac- 
Killan with the help of his son Kenneth^nr. o is taking the 
place of Mr. Coulter, still absent because of a bad case of 
laryngitis. Father and son are making good progress encouraged 
by sister Mary who hovers nearby on her new bicycle. She is a 
"Mary Lamber" and is taking advantage of the spring-like 
weather to try out her shiny Christmas present* 

Mr. Bradshaw, Town Clerk of Sudbury, called to get 
the names of brides and grooms married at the Chapel for his 
1914,8 records. Our book kept at the Chapel for this purpose 
since July contains the dates of twenty-three weddings bring- 
ing the total up to one hundred and thirty-nine. 


lieek of Jaoiary 2-8, 19U9 imjlusive 

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Tuesday, Jaiuary h, 19h9 Pleasant 

Professor ijchell's group numbered twelve this 
evening and ife were glad to irelconie back sossb of the older 
neiabers who for one reason or ano-Uier, have not been able 
to attend the meetings in a long time. Dr. Hayden was one 
of these and we noticed that Time had reaped some of his 
curly blond locks, leaving an even golden fringe arotind his 
bald head. But it is becoming to him and gives him a really 
distinguished appearance which is quite unnecessary for Dr. 
Hayden 's service^as one of the leading surgeons in Boston 
nakes him distinguished aioughi The speaker of the evening 
was Colonel McKinley of the Harvard Business ochool^irtio i ^ 
on military affairs and the cold War with fiussia. 

i¥ednesday, January ^, 19U9 Rain 

Some men came to look at the Parlor in regard to 
plastering the ceiling. They discovered that the brass 
finnials on the "3c»nbre Clock" almost reach the top of the 
room. There is Just enough clearance so one wonders if 
iizekiel Kowe sent the actual aeasureEients to I^gland rfhen 
he had the clock made. 

Rev. John Huffman of Arlington is taking advantage 
of the country quiet to write. He spends all day and most 
of the evening in his room. He must finish a thesis before 
long as he is planning a trip to Cuba. He and iiis wife and 
two or three others are going by automobile to Key Aest. The 
car will go with thea on the short trip by boat to Cuba. 
There they plan to to\ir the island doing missionary work. In 
olJder to reach the natives who live off the beaten track they 
will have to take horses and donkeys and sometimes go on foot, 
l^r. Huffman says there is not much religion of any kind on the 
island and in a short month hopes to do some good along that 

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Week of J«auary 2-8, 19h9 inclusive 
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Thursday, January 6, 19ii9 Pleasant 

Thirty-five members of the Ice-capades company 
noir playing in Boston hopped off a bus at noon time, 
scrambled into the Inn and before you could say "Jack 
Robinson" they were seated at the luncheon tables. It 
•was a day of historical sightseeing for the lovely young 
figure skaters and waltzing clowns and €Lfter a morning at 
Lexington and Concord, they were hungry. They cleaned 
their plates, lingered over coffee cups and finally ad- 
journed to the Bar-room where they learned the story of 
the house. A regular tour of the rooms followed and iiiany 
post cards and books were sent to homes in distant parts of 
the United States and Canada. Then they all donned coats 
and hats and walked to the Mary i.aiab School. Jiiss Staples 
was free to play teacher at the schoolhouse and the "class" 
lived their childhood days by singing "School-days" and 
drawing pictures on the blackboard. Later, at the Chapel 
these shoTf folks, who are used to spectacular and elaborate 
stage settings, were deeply moved by the simplicity of a 
little "srtiite church resting peacefully on a New England 

Friday, January 7> 19li9 Pleasant 

The pupils from the Mary Lamb School enjoyed 
their dancing lesson this afternoon in the Ball roc«s. 
All the children were present, which made their lesson 
twice as interesting. Mrs. Crelley, our neighbor, who 
recently moved to Marlborough, is very much impressed by 
the Inn and also by the children in the school. So, after 
completing her luncheon, she was very much pleased to be 
able to sit in the Ball Room and watch the children at 
their dancing lesson. 


Week of Janiiary 2-5, 19i;9 inclusive 
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Saturday, January 8, 19h9 . Pleasant 

The large Dining rocsa of the Inn today became the 
scene for a large and beautiful wedding reception. 

A head table for fifteen was placed along one 
side of the room and seated the lovely bride and groom, 
her attendants, and innnediate members of the family. 

The bride, formerly l*is6 MacDonald, from A'estboro, 
Massachusetts, sat in front of her towering white wedding 
cake, which had been banked with a colorful pink, yellow and 
white snapdragon arrangement. She made a beautiful picture 
in her wedding gown with her long blonde locks and her fair 

The bride's attendants were gowned in a deep 
shade of green velveteen and carried a cascade of red 

The bride *s guests, numbering one hundred and 
twenty, were seated at small tables and all were served a 
Chicken a la King luncheon. 






Week of January 9 - 15> 19li9 inclusive 
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Sunday, January 9, 19ii9 Pleasant 

Siinday aftenK)on is becoming the regular consuLtation 
time for prospective Wayside Inn brides. Practically every 
Sunday, between three and four o'clocic, a blushing young lady 
accompanied by an equally embarrassed young man will appear 
at the desk and ask if this is where one may talk about wedding , 
plans, .ihichever hostess is available will then reach for 
pencil, calendar and reservation slip and in some quiet comer 
will discuss the plans - when the wedding is to take place, how 
many guests will attend, what decorations are desired and other 
pertinent details. Of course oiuiday is a day when the men folks 
are willing to accompany the girls wherever they want to go. 
However, it is not always the prospective groora wiio comes, as 
we learned todety. After talking for a few minutes with a gray 
haired man and a woman in her early thirties, we were surprised 
when our bride said: "well. Daddy, you oLre going to pay the bill, 
what do you think about it?" 

Monday, January 10, 19U9 Mild 

Three ministers. Rev. Schaber, Hev. Cully and Rev. 
Ullm caxae early this :ioming to spend the day. After 
breakfast they retired to a room upstairs and presently 
their melodious voices were heard singing a hymn. One man 
in particular had an exceptionally fine deep bass voice. The 
meetings, which were carried on throu[^out the day interspersed 
by a walk or a meal, were entirely religious in character. 
After a final hymn and prayer the meeting broke up at eight 
o'clock. The three ministers were most appreciative and as 
they left one of them gave to the hostess at the desk a note 
of thanks for their inspiring day. 

Tony Angelico, who has been helping in the kitchen 
for a month or two, came in tliis evening to say good bye and 
to purchase a "Good Koming" book which he wants to take 
back to California with him. He and Ralph Del Greco, another 
graduate of the viay^ide Inn Boys School, live in a trailer in 
Balboa, livery Friday night they attend an old-fashioned dance 
wiiich Tony and Ralph, being very good dancers, enjoy very much. 
Tony says the dances are somewhat like the ones he learned her© 
with sli^t changes in the step or in "Uie music. The familiar 
Yarsovienne is called "Put lour Little Foot Down". >ie shall 
miss Tony in many ways. He is quick and conscientious in his 
work and never irritable. 



We^ of January 9 - l5j 19h9 inclusive 
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Tuesday, January 11, 191^9 Cloudy 

Today for the first time since Christmas, we iiave had 
a few minutes to really look at our Christmas cards, to adLiire 
the artistic decorations and pictures and to re-read the friend- 
ly messages. Here is one from W. ti, Taylor, who is in the Masonic 
Home at Charleton, Massachusetts, and another, from an old friend) 
Bill Gash. Bill is still with the Boston Globe and every year 
renews his appreciation of the educational advantages received at 
the Boys ,:>chool. This year he adds a personal line "With fond 
mraaories." Several of the cards are from ministers, Bishop Hall 
of New Hampshire and George Huntley of the Praters group. One 
of the most cheerful came from a recent guest, Delcevare King. 
It is a Trotty Veck Message filled witti suggestions for happy 
living. "Happiness is a by-product of an effort to laalce someone 
else happy." 

Wednesday, January 12, 19h9 Cold 

The January Thaw seems to have ended and today the 
thermometer is dropping but no snow is predicted. We are 
snow conscious this year because Barbara iiaton left us to be 
a hostess at iiastem Slope Inn in New Hampshire -sdiere business 
is absolutely dependant upon snow. In tlJ-S most unusual winter 
where deep snow has fallen in Los Angeles, California. there has 
been none whatever for the winter sports in New Han5)shire. 
liai'bara lovos to ski and was looking forward to a combination of 
business and social life. 

The Parlor ceiling is almost finished and soon guests 
will be able to enjoy it again, as well as the Washington 
Bedroom where all the furniture is being stored. Even so, it 
is hard to keep people out of the two rooms. Those who have 
been here before push the door open a crack to show some particu- 
lar piece to a friend. 


Ifeek of Janiiary 9 - 15> 1914.9 inclusive 
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Thursday, Jaiuary 13, 19li9 Pleasant 

It is not too early to think about the annual visit 
of the Praters and her© in front of us is a cheery reminder of 
the Retre&t xyhich begins this year on January 23rd. It is a 
typed letter on Christmas stationary from iillsworth Reamon and 
he begins by saying that a woiaan in Minneapolis never sent out 
her Christmas greetiiigs until Jaiuary. 3one of her friends 
thought she procrat-tinated too much. But, as a matter of fact, 
it was fun to receive another greeting just when you thought 
the holidays were over and done. Mr. Reacion continues by wishing 
us a good measure of happiness, contentment and peace of aaind. 
Ite ends with "And not incidentally, I am hoping to be one of 
the early birds at tiiis year's Retreat 1" 

Friday, January lli, 19h9 Pleasant 

A very interesting young couple acccanpanied by their 
little girl visited the Inn this afternoon and after looking 
about the Inn with deep interest, finally the husband remarked: 
"iVe live in a very old house and I am employed at a "Country 
General Store", uhen leaving, our guest passed the hostess 
a card which read "A modem concept of a country gaieral 
store '= owned by Paget Corporation, Conant Littleton Ccrapany, 
Littleton Coimion, Massachusetts* 

Saturday, January 15, 19h9 Pleasant 

Mr, E. A» Thompson, along with nine guests, enjoyed 
a iioast Beef Dinner served to them in the Old Dining room of 
the Inn. Mr. Thompson and guests reported that their dinner 
was "arost excellent". 

Amon^ our recent oveiiii^t guests came Mr. and Mrs. 
Niels Juel-Larsen, frc^ Great Harrington, Massachusetts. The 
couple explained they were the proud possesses of^two early 
1700 houses, both situated in a lovely green meadow in Great 
Barrington. The Lai'sens explained they had dined at the Inn 
several times but this was the first opportunity they had had 
to speiKi the ni^t in our old Hew i^gland Inn. 



Week of January 16-22, 19U9 inclusive 

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Siinday, January 16, 19U9 Pleasant 

This is June in January. Not a sign of a snow- 
flake and tenperatures as jnild as an early June day. 
Mearly two hiindred people ventured into the country as far 
as the Inn to partake of their raid-day Sunday dinner. 

On the menu today were two especially attractive 
items. Roast Sirloin of Beef and Strawberry ohortcake. Cur 
friends Mr. and Mrs. Knox asked for the "outside cut" of the 
beef and got iti They were much pleased and declared it to 
be delicious. The strawberry shortcake was popular at every 
table. It was made in the oldr-fashJ.oned Traiy with biscuit 
dough, plenty of juicy strawberries and topped with whipped 
cream. A typically June in January dessert. 

Monday, January 17, 19li9 Warm 

The temperature is forty-eight degrees today and 
one lonely snowdrop courageously poked its little white head 
up throu^ the dead leaves on the side lawn. This is the 
earliest that anyone can renwjnber that this has occurred. 
Once the snowdrops came up i^ile the Universalist Ministers 
were here but this year they are appearing several days 
before the Retreat. 

Rev. Arnold, a house guest, sat by the fire 
enjoying the \inusual quiet of the house. '£he only so ends 
were an occasional snapping of the fire and the rythmic puff- 
puff as our guest contentedly sacked his pipe while reading. 
The title of his book, we notice, is "The Big Fisherman." 

Tuesday, January 18, 19li9 Pleasant 

Masie uould dropped in recently for a neighborly 
chat and recalled her younger days when she used to don a 
cap and apron to cook dinner in the Old Kitchen. It was 
she who turned the meat on the spit and watched the kettles 
boil and sputter over the hot, wood fire. Mazie still lives 
near the old Esiekiel Kowe place and still has a large place 
in her heart for ttie vaayside Inn. Her two boys are now handr- 
some young men which makes some of us here feel very old indeed. 
Mazie was a vsayside Inn — er even before she was married. 

Mr. and Mrs. Morrill came doYm from f*orcester for 
dinner tonight to celebrate Mrs. Morrill's birthday., "And 
he remembered to send me a corsage, too" said the honored guest. 

Week of January 16 - 22, 19h9 inclusive 
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Wednesday, January 19, 19h9 \^ - Rain 

Yesterday a friendly broim dog made our door njat 
a resting place almost all day. \4i1is noming he was still 
here. Ko name was on his collar nS^' did he have a license 
tag. Since no one claimed hira it was necessary to notify 
the 5udbury police, Mr. Purdy enticed the dog to the car 
with friendly words and a pat or two but when he saw the 
rope in the Cliief's hand he left and sat down at some 
distance to think it over. Finally deciding he was among 
friends he allowed the rope to be tied to his collar and 
was driven away. 

Later in the day about forty-seventh grade 
children came from ./estboro to see the house. They also 
wanted to see the Mill so Mr. Perry was on hand to explain 
the machinery to the children. 

Thursday, January 20, 191*9 Pleasant 

Decorations in the form of flowers and greens 
and such are scarce at this season. Yet we manage to 
arrange something of decorative interest each week. In 
the old dining room for this week is a bowl of fruit on 
the mantle shelf surrounded by pine branches. An old 
black stencilled tray is used for a background. 

A rec©it newspaper clipping pictures Mr. 
Donald Kirk David receiving a reward in New York for 
making distinguished contributioiis to American retailing. 
Mr. David was a recent guest and is Dean of the Harvard 
Business School. He is also a member of the Ford Foundation. 

The prograua has come for the Innual Retreat. 
Rev. Donald B. F. Hoyt will be the Prior this year and the 
usual meetings will be held in the morning, afternoon and 
evening. The day always ends with a devotional service in 
the Old Kitchen. 


We^ of Januaiy 16-22, 19ii9 inclusive 
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Friday, JanuaiT- 21, 19li9 Pleasant 

Recent Guests 

Mra« Hancock and son Jimmy, ittio visit the Inn 
several nights a week, came 'ttiis evening and enjoyed dinner 
served in the Old Dining Room. Mrs. Hancock a.:d Jiinmy 
sat at their favorite small table directly in front of the 
fireplace in the center of the Dining Room. "Jiramy, you 
face the door, so you can see everything" is Mrs, Hancock's 
usual remark when being seated by the hostess. 

Kr. and Mrs. Stanwood also enjoyed dinner at 
th» Inn this week. They are most interesting people and 
always have something to relate about their hobby, jewelry 
making. This week Mr. Stanwood told of his present project 
that of making small poringers of silver, 'fshile waiting to 
be called for dinner, he carefully inspected our pewter 
poringers and marveled at the intricate design on each handle, 
"I do hope mine v.dll look something like these" he remarked. 

Saturday, January 22, 19ii9 Pleasant 

Dr. ;3ffBet, a recent overnight guest, pleased with 
his night's rest and the wonderful sminy day in wbdch i» 
was to travel, paused at the Bar to relate a humerous story 
an elevator boy had once told hira: 

"An elderly lady approached the elevator boy one 
day and exlaimed - boy, take me to Dr. Paul Hevere's Office 
on the top floor. Upon the elevator boy insisting that there 
was no Dr. Paul Revece in the building, the lady then stanraered 
.^^11, take i^ to the top floor anyway. The elevator boy 
obeyed and in several hours the elderly lady re-appeared and 
blasted the elevator boy with "Ive walked down eighteen 
floors and read the naaes on each door and on the very last 
door sppeared the name I was looking for, I knew there was 
a Dr. Miles Standish in this building, " 

Week of January 23 - 29, 19h9 inclusive 
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Sunday, January 23", 19h9 Pleasant 

^Icone to the ii7th Retreat of the Wayside Inn 
f paters I Max Kapp was the first to aridve, c<aaing from 
the longest distance - upper New York state, Frater Huntl^ 
announced by post card that he would step off the bus at 
12t^l^ and he didl Soon after dinner Dr. Etz appeared and 
then Dr. Ellenwood from iVoonsocket, Rhode Island, By the 
middle of the afternoon, the BajvrocsQ was alive with f raters. 
Warm greetings and handshakes rang a familiar bell throughout 
the house. These men are not strangers here. They know 
intimately, every nook and comer of the Inn and the Inn 
welcomes them. It rejoices in their loyal friendships and 
lends an appreciative ear to their inspizdng discussions, 
their jovial stories and their lusty hymn singing. Evening 
devotions in the Cld Kitchen mark^ the end of the first 
Retreat day, 19149. 

Monday, Jaiuary 2li, 19li9 Sain 

The Fraters have settled dorm to the program of the 
day. Everyone lias arrived and there were eighteen for break- 
fast this morning. Dr. van Schaick is imable to be here and 
we shall Diiss him very much. There is an undercurrent of 
sadness now and then as the ministers speak of the older ones, 
so many of whoa have passed away. For the first time a 
dictaphone was installed in the Old Kitchen this morning so 
that all the fabiliar voices can be recorded and heard again 
in the futiire. Quite an elaborate program is being planned 
for the ^Oth Annual Iteti^at three years f rcan now. 

Mr. MacMillan's little boy Cliarlie, irot old enoii^ 
to go to school yet ^s a familiar sight around the grounds, 
riding with his Dadc^ in the red truck or "helping" in soiae 
piece of caipentry. Today, however, he was the assistant 
of Mr. Coulter is^ was painting. Charlie vms given a time card 
and Tg^n it was time to ring out said *»what day do I have off?" 
He was very nmch pleased when he was told Tuesday and given 
twenty jennies for his day's workl 

Week of Jamary 23 - 29, 19k9 inclusive 
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Tuesday, January 25, 19U9 Waia - Cloudy 

The lainisters have settled down to their usual 
routine and are making themselves very much at home. Th^ 
chew peanuts in front of the fire-place and humorous stories 
bound back •^xnd forth across the room. 

Mr, Hoyts "This camera case hung over njy shoulder 
is quite sporting, dent you think?" 

Mr. Leining; "Yes, its a good idea. I cairy an 
empty case around witti me, too. Usually a suit 
case so that i>eople will think I've been scaaewherel" 

Many of the "boys" have cameras and this year for 
the first time in the history of the Retreat a recording 
machine is being used at all the meetings. Some of the record- 
ings will be sent to Dr. John van Schaick who is greatly missed. 
Dr. John, as he is affectionately called, is recovering from an 
operation. George Ifuntley is the oldest member this year and 
holds his own when the men are at their humorous best. 

Dr» Huntleys ".»liy didn't the lion touch Ifeniel in 
the lion's den?" 

Chorus: "iThy not?" 

Dr. Huntley: "Because Daniel was all grit and backbone 1" 

Toni^t the f raters gathered in the large Ball room 
where Miss Fisher and Harmon Gehr (the Cle Bull of the garoup) 
rendered a very fine musical program. Then for an hour Dr. Hose 
raitertained with some colored pictvires made on a recent trip 
to the ^est Coast. At ten o'clock it was again time for the 
evening Devotions and t±me for the Inn f^yaily to bid the fraters 
"Good-night". But the Inn it self never creeps away. It 
stays and silently watches over these men who in their dreams 
and prayers keep a torch of Faith baming in all our hearts. 

Wednesday, Januaiy 26, 19h9 Snow 

After the long spell of warm weather snow finally 
arrived this morning. As it falls thick and fast the ministers 
are leaving in twos and threes, some by car, soaie by bus. 

Wedk of January 23 - 29, 19^4.^ inclusive 
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Wednesday, January 26, i9i;9 (continued) Snow 

The Communion Service was held as usual in the 
Old Kitchen. It always has a sobering effect and the joking 
and fun making were conspicuous by their absence all morning. 
Just before lunch, however, Mrs, Lalone and her huge gx^y cat 
"bmoky" and Mrs. Fiske with her two children arrived to pick 
up the respective husbands . Later Urs. McGiiiness and her two 
small children also added a note of cheer to the reluctant 

One of Rev. McGuiness's children asked her daddy, 
■pho had occijpied the Washington Bedroom, how he could sleep 
with so many people walking through his roorall 

Tliursday, January 27, 19k9 StoiTuy 

There has been much interest in a feathered friend 
who perched, yesterday afternoon, on a bush just outside 
the pantry window. Dick Spenctr was called up fron the 
kitchen and Miss I'lsher ran out from the Bar-room to help 
idaitify the bird. Dick called it a chefwink, tut the more 
inexperienced thouf^t it to be a robin. Because of our 
unusual weather, it seeamed perfectly possible to see a robin. 
However, after consulting the Guide Book this morning the 
question was settled. Our winter visitor is a Chewink of 
the Towhee family. He is smaller and more slender than a 
Bobin but resembles one bj its robin red sides, lihite breast 
and black head. 

Ifeek of January 23 - 29, 19h9 inclusive 

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Friday, January 28, 19h9 Rain 

The Frat^^rs departed vTednesday noon for their 
respective hoiiies, but their memory lingei^ on among their 
many fayside Inn friends. Today ttc received a note of 
gratitude from Dr. Max A. Kapp, St. La^rrence University, 
Canton, ^eir York. It reads as follows: 

* I arrived home "Riursday tnorning, glowing with 
the ;1oy and inspiration of having been at the Inn once more. 
Thouch I and others have said it many tines, we have to say 
it again: your kindness and friendliness neans more than we 
can tell you. Gratitude from the heart and blessings upon 
you all. Please tell all the Inn folks that we are everlast- 
ingly thanlcful for everything that was done for us and for 
the spirit in •»rtiich it was done. Gratias agiarus. Yours, 
Max Kapp/". 

Saturday, January 29, 19U9 Pleasant 

Late this afternoon tha lar^c Ball room of the Inn 
became the scene of a colorful wedding reception. The bride. 
Miss Betty Pease of Marlborough, an ©!iployee at the Inn, looked 
charming in her petite wedding gown of white marquisette, 
trimmed with lace. She carried a cascade of sweet peas and 
white roses. The bride's only attendent was gowned in coral 
taffeta and caiTied an old-fashioned bouquet of pinlc sweet peas 
and yellow carnations. 

At five o'clock ihls evening the Martha-Mary Chapel 
became the setting for a small wedding party. Tbirty-two 
guests attended the Brown wedding and later enjoyed dinner served 
to them in the Old Dining RocMn of the Inn. A two- tier cake 
adorned the colter of the Bridal Table and no. attractively 
banked with greens and white carnations. More white carnations 
and snap-dragons could be seen at each end of the dinner taliLe, 
while four glowing tapers completed the festive Bridal Table. 


Week of January 30 - Febraary 5, 19k9 
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STinday, Jarmary 30, 19h9 Pleasant 

The beautiful day and the good driving conditions 
brought many dinner guests, as well as sight-seers, to the 
Inn today. 

Prof. Schell, who has many dinners and meetings 
in our Old Kitchen during the winter months, paid us a 
visit this afternoon. He was accompanied by his mother 
and two friends from Liigland. 

Mr, Griffin, who has been mentioned in several 
previous diaries, appeared on the scene again today. He 
is a photographer and quite a coo<i one we think, as isre 
very much «ijoyed his recent photograph of the KarUia-Mary 
Chapel on Collier's Magazine as well as his many colored 
pictures of Harvard University which appeared in a recent 
issue of Ikjliday. 

Today his siibject was once again o\ir Martha- 
Mary Chapel, but this time he wished to take the photograph 
at ni^t with various lifting affects. *Ve are certain 
this picture will appear again soon as a beautiful cover. 

Monday, January 31, 19^9 Snow 

A beautiful snow stoiia is enveloping the country- 
side. By noon several inches had fallen it came down so 
thick and fast. It was a quiet day as far as guests were 
concerned but each member of the household was busy about 
differ^it tasks that are kept in reserve for just such a day. 

Mr. and Mrs. Harding, from Marblehead, who have 
heen spending several days here, departed courageously in 
the early afternoon in the thick of the storm. Mr. Harding 
is on crutches (a war veteran, we presume) and Mrs. Harding 
had all the little chores, ^lich a man usually does, to take 
care of. She got the car, drove it up to the front door 
where she proceeded to reaaove Hie deep snow iriiich had 
gathered on the roof. She seec^d to enjoy it all, however, 
and bo"Ui our guests departed smiling with promises to come 

Week of January J) - February 5, 19h9 
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Tuesday, February 1, 19h9 Sunny 

The six inches of snowr irhich .fell on Monday, are 
disappeaidng quite rapidly today under the February s\m. 

Prof. Schell brought ten to dinner this evening. 
Dinner was served in the old Dining Room and the usual 
meeting was held in front of the open fire in the Old Kitchen. 

A letter was received today from Dr. Huntley. He 
is one of the oldest and most adnired of the Frators* His 
kind letter read as follows: 

"Dear Friends: "For many kindnesses, many thanks. 
The recent retreat was my twenty-nine th each 
better tiian its predecessor. Your tactful 
courtesies did much to make me happy during last 
Sunday, Monday, Tuesday and .Wednesday, 

Sincerely yours, 
George E. Huntley" 

Wednesday, February 2, 19h9 Cold - Fair 

A beautiful sunny day with blue skies brought a 
fe^r luncheon guests and the register showed that three of 
them came from Minnesota. 

In the early evening Mr. Johnson of ;»ellesley 
had an Old Kitchen dinner for seven people. His guests 
of honor were a Mr. and Urn. Zeitinger from Pueblo, Colorado. 
The Johnson party arrived half an hour late and were so 
interested in the house coiild hardly be torn away long enough 
to tell what they wanted to eat and very reluctantly sat 
down to dinner. They enjoyed everything very much and 
lingered for a long time going through the rooms again after 
they had eaten. 



Week of Jaraaary 30, 19h9 - February 5, 19h9 

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Thxirsday, February 3, 19h9 Cold - Sunny 

Anong our recent dinner guests came Rev. Duvall, 
his i?ife and daughter Caroline. This being Caroline's 
eleven-til birthday, Mrs. Duvall and her daughter, both wore 
two red roses tied Tsith a silver ribbon. Caroline was 
especially pleased to be taken out to dinner on this 
special day. A table by the fire was set in the Old 
IMjiing xloam. for Caroline and her family. Our guests 
enjoyed their dinner and Caroline Jumped for joy when a 
small piece of cake with ten white candles and a large pink 
candle in the center was served with her dessert. 

Friday, February U, 19h9 Snow 

We are having one of the heaviest snow falls of 
the season today. Few people ventured out but the dinner 
hour brought an enjoyable family. Their name was Cassv/^ell 
and the family ranged from Grandmother Casswell to young 
Fiss Casswell, who was but three weeks old. Toung "Punky" 
Cassirell was one and a half years old and while waiting for 
dinner to be served took great pleasure in amusing all 
present. His eye €ell on the tiny chair whJxh sets in the 
comer of the Bar Roon. Promptly he drew the chair up to 
the fireside and when comforatably seated began nrumbling 
a "tall tale'' we imagine about the firelight. 

Saturday, February $, 19h9 Fair - Cold 

Today's Guests 
Today's luncheon guests included the Bev, Huber 
of Wellesley, Massachusetts along with the Hev. S/ebber of 
the Treaont Toaple in Boston. Rev. Ruber is a frequent 
guest at the Inn and has performed several laarriage cere- 
monies at the Martha-Mary Chapel. 

Mr. and Mrs. Long from Concord spent the night 
at the Inn. The Longs often drop in to spend a few rest- 
ful days at the Inn away from their four active children. 

Our neighbor, Mr. John Colby, brou^t a guest 
to dinner this evening, ffith Mrs. Colby in Ulliffitasburg, 
he declared the "cupbord was bare" and thought the Inn a 
more suitable place to dine. 



Meek of February 6 - 12, 191^9 inclusive 

Siinday, February 6, I9I49 Pleasant 

Sarly this noon the Old Kitchen was made the 
^^ setting for a very fashionable wedding, A red and white 

table cloth adorned this bridal table and was attractively 
set with our pewter dishes. A small fruit cake, made by 
the bride ♦s grandmother, was pJBced in the center of the 
table. The wedding cake was banked with white tulips and 
English ivy. Our bride was a petite little blond and was 
so saartly dressed and grooraed that one would think of her 
as being a "cover girl". 3he wore a lavender-blue ankle 
length dress fashioned along Victorian lines. Her shoes 
were black suede and her gloves white, wrist length. She 
did not carry a bridal bouquet but wore a coronet of pink 
and irtiite flowers in her hair. Mr. Phillips, father of the 
brid^ is a photographer for the Bachrach Studio and took 
many pictures of the bridal party, both in the Old Kitchen 
and in the Parlor of the Inn. 

A second wedding took place later this afternoon 
in the Martha-Mary Chapel and a dinner was served once again 
-^A in tJie Old Kitchen. This bride. Kiss May Spears, diose to 

conform with tradition aad had her table set with a white 
table cloth' bride's cake with bride and groom on top and 
greens were used around the cake and on the mantle in the 
Old Kitdtien. Miss Spears, also a beautiful bride, was 
gowned in ice pink satin fashioned mth a bustle back. 
She carried a cascade of white orchids. 

Our brides today were most attractive and their 
labidal dirmers in the quaint atiaosphere of the Old Kitchen 
were indeed charming. 

Monday, February 7, 19ii9 Snow 

In spite of threatening skies and sncm flakes 
beginning to fall thick and fast, the little yellow school 
bus was seen coming along the road bringing Mi's. Bennett 
-4t and the children to seliool. Much tc our surprise the bus 

stopped in front of the Inn and little David Hill ^ierged. 
He looked very iisportant and proud to be chosen to deliver 
a note and 'w^en this duty was accomplished scai!^)ered back 
to the bus. 

Week of February 6-12, 19U9 inclusive 

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Monday, February 7, 19h9 (continued) 

He would much prefer helping with the snow fort iriiich the 
children are building up by the Chapel. '»Ve have been 
informed by them that it was not going to be used for fighting. 

Mr. and liCrs, McNeill, juniors at the University of 
New Haii5)shire, left this morning after a honeymoon of two 
days, to go back to their studies. They sensed to be aveiy 
fine couple with hi^ ideals and hopes for the future. Mr. 
McNeill is student proctor in the same dormitory where Mrs. 
Edwards is. She was the hoxisemother at the V/ayside Inn Boys 
School for many years. 

The first question the KcNeills asked was "Where 
is the nearest Episcopal Church?" tie were so glad we could 
reccamnend the beautiful Cram Chapel in Sxidbury. 

Tuesday, February 8, 19li9 Pleasant 

Luncheon guests recently were four women from 
Cambridge, Llassachusetts, who expressed their appreciation 
of the Inn and its lovely atmosphere. They spoke of the 
Old Kitchen and the Ball rooms upstairs and wlien in the 
Washington bedroom, one of the group spoke of the canopy 
bed. She said that her sister had learned how to make just 
such a netted canopy years ago and that she found that 
ordinary grocery string would do for working material. 
Consequently slie enlisted all of her friends to save white 
string and then made it, by means of a shuttle, into a 
charming canopy. "Now", said our guest "My sister sleeps 
under her home made "tent" and calls it her friendship 
canopy! " 

Wednesday, Februarj-- 7, 19h9 Warm 

The weather is so springlike today that we can 
almost imagine we see tlie buds beginning to swell on the 
trees. Sixty degrees of temperature almost seeaa like 
summerheat. It has been a beautiful -vrinter but it is too 
early to crow yet as anthing can happen in February and 
March. h 




Week of February 6-12, 19k9 inclusive 

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Wednesday, February /T* ^9k9 (continued) 

This morning's mail brought two letters, one frtjm 
Dr» Etz, with thes3 -words of appreciation: "As always, this 
year's Retreat ^ms the best yet according to the members. 
Tliat is said every year as the fellowship grows dearer to each 
oaie of us. Much of the reason for this feeling is to be found 
in the cordial and helpful spirit of eveiy member of the Inn 

The other letter is from Robert Johjison, a graduate 
of Wayside Inn Boys School now living in Savannah, Georgia. 
He works for Real Silk Hosiery and sa.y3 "I am busily engaged 
employing people as well as selling now. The combination 
keeps me plenty busy all tlie time." During the war, Robert 
was stationed in Iceland and his brother George^who worked 
for Ford Motor C<»ai:»any^ in Somerville^jfor sooe time is now 
loarried and lias gone to Yokahoma, Jajjan^ where he still serves 
the United States Anay. 

Thursday, February 10, 19k9 Pleasant 

M^re should the Groom's father be seated at a 
wedding luncheon - and where should the bride's mother stand 
to receive her guests? These and similar questions are often 
asked our hostesses when they talk about weddings to prospective 
brides. Consequently, Mr, Purdy has givai his consent to the 
acquisition of Emily Post's latest book on Eticjiette. The 
hostesses have been po3*ihg over such chapters as "The Day of 
the" and "Giving a Dinner Party". Here they have 
found valuable hints as to the proper seating of guests at the 
dinner table, where the wedding cake should be placed and what 
should be done when tlte receiving line gets into a bottlenecki 
Thus during quiet season, we are preparing for the rush 
of weddings and dinner pairbies eboring I'ay and J\me, 

THE miSIDE im 
lieek of February 6-12, 19^9 inclusive 

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Friday, February 11, 19h9 Fair - Warm 

We hear laany of our guests discussing the recent 
"Antique Forum" held in V/illiaiasburs, Virginia and we 
immediately take interest, for l£iss Staples, spent her 
vacation there this year and rataijmed to tell us of her niany 
interesting experiences as well as to exclaim of the beautiful 
Inn and countryside at ./illiscisburg. 

l.'ics Fisher and Jlrs, Bennett leave on Friday to 
sperei their vacation at the Dearborn Inri. Both Miss Fisher 
and Mrs. Bennett are ovsr^oyed at tlie tiiought of journeying 
to Michigan. 

Saturday, Febroar^-- 12, 19h9 Sunny 

Late this afternoon several hostesses could be seen 
about the Inn, putting up fresh decorations for the Sunday guests, 
Valentine's Day being close to Sunday, it iras decided that the 
decorations should be in the Valentine spirit. 

A haige red and silver heart was made and placed over 
the mantle in the Old dining room, with two red tapers on 
either side for balance. 

Thinking Mr. Swanson at the Country Store cil^t have 
a very old valentine, we hastaied to call and ask him. He did>, 
and as a matter of fact, he is making a collection of old 
valentines . 

He presented us with a large valentine doi^ with pale 
pink roses and frilly white lace. Me arranged it in the window 
in the Washington Dining Room snd it was greatly admired \fy all 

Week of February 13 - 19, 19h9 inclusive 

Simday, February 13, 19li9 Pleasant 

A man and his -wife from India were guests this ikkhi 
of Mr, and Jtrs. Gottshall of Framingham, Tsho entertained tlieir 
foreign friends at dinner. The gentle smile of an Indian, 
with pearl-like teeth against a dai^ skin, is al*rays a beautiful 
si^t and our lady wrapped in a long, real silk sari attracted 
many adniiring glances. The couple are students at one of the 
local universities. 

In the middle of the afternoon the Old Kitchen was 
again the scene of a wedding reception and dinner, the bride 
being a Miss Palmer from Natick. The table, laid with a -adiite 
linen cloth and decorated with pink and white snapdvagons, 
made a pretty picture against the dark background of old pine 
sheathing. In the glow of the fire on the hearth, the bride 
cut her wedding cake and->as is the custom|,presented the first 
piece to a smiling groaa'. 

Konday, February m, 19h9 Bain 

Valentine's Ifey brought m-th it several luncheon and 
dinner guests. Host of the ladies proudly wore lovely corsages, 
some presented by sweethearts of long staiiding, others presented 
by young men to young ladies who had ^ust recently become "Uieir 
sweethearts. Old or young, hovrever, all looked equally ha^py 
and festive. 

Ers. Houlihan of Boston again brought a gr^nip of 
WSEJ D^n and won^n. They are not the ones who broadcast but 
those whose business it is to sell tijie on the radio, ttmj 
came from all over the country and arrived in a Gray Line 
bus with a ^lide to tell them about points of interest along 
tiie way. Tiiey had be^i to Concord and after luncheon and a 
tour of the Inn they were going to visit the new General Motors 
Plant in Framingham. A photographer came with them and many 
pictures were snapped of informal gjroi^js throu^iout the house. 

Week of February 13 - 19, 19h9 inclusive 
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Tuesday, Februarj' 15> 19U9 Pleasant 

Lady %>ring mtii a bri.ght blue head-dress, a semi- 
green robe and -B-arra senile has be^sri playing a kind of hide and 
seek all "Winter, Her charms have lured an unusual number of 
j^c^ile to "Uie Inn for tea. Today Mr. and Mrs. ChritJtian 
lingered over the te^ table r~nd ".Then we approached they -erere 
dreaming of far-affay places (another indication of Springljf 
They tclked about their Susmer cottage on Nantucket Island 
■which is really not a cottage but a lovely old house decorated 
in the provincial manner like our Old Kitchen. 

But Spring went bac'i: into hiding this evening and 
•we Trere completely veiled in a d^ise fog, making driving 
treacherous and our dinner guests fevT and far between. 

Wednesday, February 16, 19k9 Cloudy 

to the southside of the house -ssiiere the sno"^ has 
begun to shrink away once again the enotr drops have pushed 
themselves up out of the ground. Tvto little heads hanging 
bet-ween slender green leaves, startlingly -white against the 
dark earth, will soon be Joined by others if this mild weather 
continues. The grass is showing quite green in places but 
as the frost leaves the gro-und the raud gets deeper ai:id deeper. 
It has been necessary to place wooden planks at the front door 
for people to -walk on and tlie driveway has been covered with a 
deep layer of sand. 

Mrs. Frazier and her daug]:iter came again to luncheon, 
nth the dessert a small cake -sri-th candles "syas brought in. 
This was placed in front of Mrs. Frazaer, it being her 76th 
birthday. Ifiss Frazier -Has as touched as her mother at this 
little attention and bo-th svere eqimlly surprised. 


^eek of February 13 - 19, 19h9 incliisive 

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Thursday, February 17, 19li9 Pleasant 

Tlie dancing class was held in the Ballroom this 
afternoon instead of tomorrow (Friday) as is the usual 
custom. The change was made in order to give Miss Fisher 
and Mrs. Bennett plenty of time to prepare for their trip 
to Detroit, Their train leaves late tomorrow afternoon 
and they are as excited about it as t?ro sdiool girls. 

Toni^t we were pleased to welcome as dinner guests 
a nice young couple from Framingham, Mr. and Mrs. Viilliaia Libby. 
Mrs. Libby formerly lived in liarlborough and as Frances Carey 
remembers dancing many a quadrille iriUi boys of the Tvayside 
Inn School when dancing classes were held for them. 

Friday, February 18, 19h9 Cool - Fair 

T5ie weather for the i»at few days has been qiiite 
mild. The snow is fast disappearing and the green grass is 
beginning to show through in many places. Today is fairly 
cool, but nevertheless, the tiny snow drops outside the 
dining roOTi window have polked their heads through the earth 
and several white blossoms may be seen. 

Miss Fisher and Mrs. Bennett departed at noon today 
for Detroit. They drove to Boston in Mss Fisher's car and 
there boarded a train. 

Saturday, February 19, 19li9 Fair - Warm 

Five Wellesley College girls, along with their 
escorts, enjoyed dinner in front of the open fire in the Old 
Dining Pjcxm this evening. The girls had visited the Inn 
before but this was the firrt visit for the boys. After 
being served a delicious Roast Las±> dinner the girls escorted 
their friends through the Inn. 

The Mar^a-Mary Chapel, which we usually speak of 
as being the setting for a wedding, this wrening was put in 
readiness for a religious service. Mr. Swanson from the ^^y- 
side Country Store Eiade the arrangenents for a group of fifty 
people frcsa the Melrose Hi^ilands Congregatioiml Church. 



VBtk of Februaiy 20 - 26, 191*9 inclusive 

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Sunday, February 20, 191*9 Pleasant 

Drawing their chairs near the fireplace in 
the Bar-room this morning were Mr, and Miss Brooks 
from Chicago, father and daughter. Mr, Brooks grad- 
uated from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology 

way back when and his daughter is now doing some 

research work there. They were poring over plans 
and details of a new house being built for them in 
Virginia, "We like old features, but we want the 
place functional", explained our guest^^o went on to 
say that one of his friends suggested that he "b\iild 
as Daniel Boone would, not as he did I" The Brooks 
were delightful guests and made themselves very much 
at home - even to the extent of father Brooks appear- 
ing at an early hour this morning before any of the 
other guests were up. He was dressed in a very elegant 
Chinese silk robe and as he sipped a cup of black coffee 
in front of the fire it was as if another character had 
stepped out of the Tales of a Wayside Inn. This time a 
Chinaman to take his place beside the Toung Sicilim and 
the Spanish Jew. 

Monday, February 21, 191*9 Pleasant 

Recent guests were Grace Hinckl^ Linscott 
and her husband, celebrating their foiirth wedding 
anniversary, Hhej were married in the Martha-Mary 
Chapel on February l8th, 1915. 

Dr. and Mrs. Hatch have anrLved frcxa their 
hoxae in Melrose to wait over a day or two before 
leaving for Baltimore, Washington and Williamsbui^, 
Virginia, (>ie of their four children is down with 
a slight t«35)erature and while there is a coiapetent 
w€3man in charge, Mrs. Hatch doesn't want to be too 
far away, as yet. The Hatch children are the proud 
possessors of sOTje Wayside Inn laai>s wiiich were shij^d 
to their farm in Maine last Spring* 

THE sAiaiujs iura 


Week of Februaiy 20 - 26, 19h9 inclusive 

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Tuesday, February 22, 19h9 Cloudy 

Bp, and Mrs. Hatch, after being assured that 
their yoimg son is really "over the woi^t of it" continued 
on their way Uiis morning and e:Q)ect to reach Baltimore 
this evening. 

A group of twenty-t»D women from the Business 
and Professional women's Club of Boston canffi to the Inn 
this noon in order to eat their holiday dinner in this 
historic place The la4y in charge, a Miss Marsh, told 
us that many of the group were working wcanen who live 
alone and who are especially lonely on holidays. She 
said she would like to plan more trips for tiieia such as 
tMs one. They all enjoyed their dinner and later walked 
to the school house. About tiiree o'clock they piled into 
their bus ajod went do ah to the Country Jtore. 

Wednesday, February 23, 19U9 Pleasant 

Bill Cash dropped in to say "Hello" today and 
it is always a pleasure to see ]3ill. He is now in his 
middle twenties and has all the earmarks or being a very 
successful newspaper aian. And he is just as handscHae as 
when he was a member of the senior class at the Wayside 
Inn Boys School. In fact, we remeraber the aaiae beaming 
smile ?dien Bill was an awkward little freshman. At any 
rate, iSll has always been the Idnd of person who "projects" 
hljBself not boldly, but with a frioadliness -which mskQs him 
exceedingly likeable. He told as about a two weeks vacation 
from which he has just returned, spent in the Jjauratian 
mountains aboiit ninety miles north of Montreal. There was 
skiing and rugged country and. plenty of snow. "But I'm 
jiist an Inteiiaediate skier", said Bill. He may be an 
Intermediate skier, but certainly Bill Cash is way beyond 
the Intermediate grade in everything else. 

Thursday, February 2k, 19U9 Pleasant 

A very nice note came todaQr from Miss Brooks, 
who with her father, sjient last weekend here. "It was 
just the rest i^iieh both of us needed", she said. 

This evening the Porch was the scene of a 
faarew^l party given by members of the Finance Board of 
the West Medford Baptist church for their paster. 
Rev. Dolloff • Eighteen men and wra^n were present and 
all enjoyed a turkey dinner. Bev. Dolloff 's new parish 
will be in New Bedford, Massachusetts. 




Weelc of February 20 - 26, 19k9 inclusive 

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Friday, February 2$, 19li9 Rain - Saim 

There is a touch of Spring in the air today, and 
this theory fvas ixoven by ¥^s. Purdy, i^o aj^'peared at tlie Inn 
idth the first pussy willow to be found in this area. This 
put us on the alert and in a few days we gathered quite a few 
aore. Ajnong them were several containing light shades cf pink. 
They -were arranged with ijiglish Ivy in a pewter bowl and we 
are enjoying them i-nmeiisly. 

Affiorg o\ir dinner guests this evening caine llrs, Rollins 
of Sudbury, a l^". Chase who we see quite f requently, aiid as his 
guost^ Hinister from Germany. 

Satia*day, Fefcruaiy 26, 19h9 Cloudy 

Yesterday being such a warm day, we decided the 
winter wds about over but low and oehold a few snow flurries 
were seen tiiis morning. However, the skies had cleared by 
noon and everyone at the Inn was sot to worl: to put the Old 
Kitchen in readiness for a weddir^^; dinner. 

The wedding took place at five o'clock in the Mortha- 
Mary Chapel and dinner f olloTred at five-tliirty for the quests 
Tindch nuabered ei^teen including the bride, TJlss Ferris and 
the grodt)* 

Cur guests sat down to a table sot \Tith a white 
table cloth and attractively decorated with i&ite roses and 
white snajKiragons. The Bride's cal:e was placed in the center 
of the table with t^>ers and a bouquet on either side. 

The bride were a street length, pearl gray crepe 
dress with a gardenia corsage. Her laaid of honor wore light 
lavender witii a single pink cajhnelia in her hair. 

Week of Febniary 27 - March 5* 19ii9 inclusive 

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Sunday, February 27, 19k9 Pleasant 

Hardly a Sunday morning rolls around that "we do 
not think of Mr. Duncan, a frequent week-end guest, who^; 
upon emerging from the dining 2?o(Mn always exclaims: "fell, 
I have just had the best Sunday morning breakfast in all 
Ajneidcal" We wonder what Mr. Duncan thninks of Sunday 
morning breakfast in tJie Virgin Islands I Recently a card 
came from our loyal friend dated and posted frpm St. John, 
Virgin Islands. The picture was of Bluebeards Castle which 
picture Mr. Duncan explained was wholly inadequate to descidbe 
the marvelous country, mountains and beaches "from another 
World" whei^ he is spending a iVinter vacation. 

■Lame Canary Outdoes Mary's Little Lamb," Such 
was the headline idiich appeared in a recent local paper. It 
seems that Mrs. Ann Cichowicz's pet canary, with a lame leg, 
followed it*s mistress to work at a Norwalk, Connecticui, 
lace factory. Mrs. C. said she coiiLd not estplajji how the 
canary got out of its cage. 

Honday, February 28, 19h9 Cloudy 

The basket-ball teams of the Wayland High School 
and the Veston High School were handsomely entertained here 
this evening by a very kind frigid and benefactor. Mr. 
Austin Hale is well known in the ^eston-W^'- land community 
for his interest in young men and for his service to -them 
at the time of the War. Not one week slipped by during 
the far years without a letter to the boys "over there" 
written by Mr. Hale. His list of boys grew and grew and 
his letter became more and more popular, so popular it 
finally had to be printed. It was filled with town news 
and there was always a word of cheer and encouragement. 
When the boys came home they rewarded their friend with 
a new Ford Cari Now, in Peace time, Mr. Hale is still 
doing things for the boys. Tonight he arranged a sumptuous 
diimer for these local High School athletes and their V._.,-^ 'n^ 
coaches. It was served in the Old Kitchen, tturicey and all 
the fixens. It took a lot of turkey and a lot of the 
fixens to satisfy those ragged basket-ball players, but 
Mr. Hale was equal to the task and no one went away hungry. 




Week of February 2? - March 5, ^9h9 inclusive 

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Tuesday, March 1, 19h9 Pleaaant 

Professor Sdiell always has an interesting speaker 
and toni^t's guest for the Waysiders grovq) iras no exception. 
He Tras a young man in his early thirties, modest and unassianing. 
He quietly took his place among others of the group who are 
well knovm scientists, lectiirers, doctors and teachers. Who 
was he? It was hard to believe ^en we were told that this 
yoimg man is the Presidoit of the Polaroid Company and probably 
one of the most outstanding scientists of oui' time I Dr. Land 
is his name and one of his most outstanding achievements is 
the invention of the camera which takes a picture then prints 
and develops it within one minute i Tonight he explained the 
camera to Professor bchell's group and afterwards took individual 
pictures of the men present. Particialarly pleased with his 
"minute" photo was Mr. Henry S. Dennison of the Dennison Manu- 
facturing Company. 

Wednesday, March 2, 19h9 Pleasant 

Fifty efficient and attractive business women were 
guests this noon at a luncheon given by the Home Decorators, 
Inc. of Newark, New Yoric. After luncheon served in front 
of the fireplace in the large dining roora, a meeting was held 
at which the b\isiness of selling silver was discussed. These 
ladies are called "Silver Counselors" and are professional 
advisors to brides and others who are buyers of new and beautiful 
silver. They looked thorou^l/ competent and after a little 
evesdropping we gathered that they are thoroughly successful 
career women. Incidtntallyjthey came from many distant points. 

Thursday, March 3, 19h9 Pleasant 

A distinguished gentleman honored us with a visit 
this evening and after dinner we learned from his host 'Uiat 
our guest is not only known nationally, but internationally.. 
His name is Dr. Robert Cook and his title, President of Touth 
for Christ International, ar. Cook is an author and World 
trave ller and above all, heads this really tremendous religious^ 
/V or^Jiization for young people. The Youth for Christ "ralQ/s"' t ^ 
are held on Saturday evaiings in practically every large city. 
Dr. Cook essplained that his organization reaches a vast groi:^ 
of teen agers and others who do not go to chiirch. Saturday 
was chosen as a night which would not conflict with any 

Week of February 2? - March ?, 19h9 inclusive 

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Thiirsday, March 3, 19h9 (continued) 

,, regular chiirch aei^co. It has proved to be the most popular 

night of the -week for "Youth for Christ** rallys. Young people 
are drami off the streets. They give testimonials as to ttieir 
religious experiences and under Dr. Cook's able leadership are 
inspired to greater service and better living. 

Friday, Karch U, 19h9 Fair 

Recent Quests 

Among our luncheon guests today, came Miss Frazier 
and her mother. They are frequent luncheon guests at the Inn 
and today, after partaking of their usual Chicken Pie, they 
enjoyed watching the children from the Mary Lamb School at 
their dancing lesson. Whsn leaving, Mrs. Frazier remarked, 
"I -was a dancing school teacher once and those cunning children 
bring back many fond menories . " 

The afternoon tea hour brou^t Mi^. Rogerson, her 
sister and mother. These ladies have had several parties in 
our Old Kitchen and they are always a .ioy to greet for all 
possess the sunniest of dispositions and are always eager to 
tell us of some new experience or place they have encountered 
in their travels. 

Saturday, March 5> l?!^? Pleasant 

Three very interesting students from the l^lassachu- 
setts Institute of Technology paid us a visit this afternoon. 
They represented three States. Nainely, Florida, Montana and 
New York. All were intensely interests! in the history of 
the Inn and the furnishings, especially the spinning -wheel, 
HiB clock- jack and all other mechanical devices. 

Our overnight guests this evening included Mr. 
Qad Mrs. Joseph A. Miller and tlieir daughter from Basking 
' Hidge, New Jersey. They have spent the ni^t at the Inn 

several times lately, and are quite entertaining guestf for 
they tell us cany interesting stories of the "Old Mill inn" 
in New Jersey where Mrs. Millor is employed as a hostess. 

Week of March 6 - 12, 19k9 inclusive 

Sunday, ^srch 6, 19h9 Pleasant 

It was one week ago today that the Inn and townsfolk 
were shocked by the death of our beloved Miller, Mr. Chester 
L. E. Perry. Last Sunday afternoon, Mr. Perry went to the 
Mill as \isual and at four o'clock he drove over to the Lamson 
bam on Button Road to feed the sheep and oxen. Ihen he 
didn't return to the truck where his gx^oidson was waiting, the 
boy became alarmed and ran into the bam, finding his grandfather 
on the floor. Services were held last Tuesday with several of 
the Inn folk attending. All expressed deepest sympathy to 
Mrs. Perry who has been remarkably brave and courageous. We 
shall miss Mr. Perry greatly. 

Also this past week news came of the death of 
Mr. Davieau, our capable gardner for many years. Last year 
Al left us to take up other gardening work nearer his hoiae. 

Monday, Maixh 7, 191x9 Wana and Sunny 

to this voting day it is hoped that every citizen of 
the town of Sudbury will be at the polls. Judging from the 
thick pamphlet which proudly says on its cover "The Three 
Hundred and ninth Anniial Report of the Town of Sudbury", its 
citizens are up and <X)ining and as a role are taking a keen 
interest in its politics. Under tiie heading Marriages 19U8, 
it is pleasing to note many of the names of couples who were 
married at the Martha-Mary Chapel. 

Mrs. Teed, who had a luncheon this noon for a 
group of ladies, is the nether of one of those bridegro<^3is 
whose wedding took place in May. She was celebrating the 
birthday of one of her friends. When the group sat down to 
the table it was supposed that the lady sitting where a 
beautiful white orchid had been placed must be the eighty- 
year old. Otherwise we would not have known as she looked 
so young and happy. After luncheon when the ladies were 
gatherii:^ in the parlor we heard one cell out above their 
merry chatter, "Xou cant come in without a quotation from 
Longfellow! « The first few lines of th-e Children »s Hour 
were %aoted and the late coi^i*s were allowed to enter. 


Week of March 6-12, 19li9 inclusive 

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Tuesday, March 8, 19li9 Pleasant 

Miss Fisher is still full of enthusiaaa about her 
visit to Dearborn. She returned to the Inn last Saturday 
after spending the second week with her sister in Boston. 
Both she and Mrs. Bennett had a wonderful time seeing the 
Village, the I^^useun, Botsford Tavern and many places in 
Michigan about which they had heard so lauch. Both are look- 
ing well rested, too. 

Mrs. Colby from the old f^alkcr house often drops 
in just to be neighborly. She chatted for a few minutes 
this afternoon about her re-adjustment to country life. 
Ficfore coming to Sudbury she was in the thick of the city, 
directing her father's art school and spending her time in 
the midst of much social and business activity. The quiet, 
slow^ retiring afeaosphere of Peakham Road is indeed a contrast. 
Only Mrs. Colby with her keen appreciation of nature and her 
endless enthusiasm for whatever she is doing, could make the 
change so gallantlyl 

Wednesday, March 9, 19U9 Warm - Sunny 

A quiet day for business. A few people dixjpped in 
for afternoon tea among them the Rev. and Mrs. Hale. They 
live nearby in Framingham and often bring a friend taking 
great pleasure in showing him the house. 

Outdoors, however, things are happening. The 
earth is beginning to wake up fixjm its long sleep. The 
roots of things are stirring and coming to life in the 
form of EBiowdrops and pussywillowB. If one ventured into 
the wet places the skunk cabbage could probably be seen 
^cjgokingits green head up out of the mud. The little brook, 
^FreecT fi-^^rCi^^ntyi-y prison can now be heard as it flows 
along and spreads out into the meadow in unaccustomed places. 
The lai^bs will soon arrive and then the red winged blackbirds 
and WB shall know apring is here! 


^eek of March 6-12, 191^9 inclusive 
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Thursday, March 10, 19li9 doudy - Cold 

Benny, our able helper in the Maint^^Lin^nce depart- 
ment if filling the need at the Mill and grinding the neitessary 
floTir and com meal. Ife dropped in this morning and told about 
two children J i-fhOj -with their mother^ cajue to make a sketch of 
the Mill. One tjes a boy and one a girl and while Mother sat on 
a rock Tratchin,^, they -wori^ed with pencil and paper. We wish we 
could have seen the results. The I&ll is a very popular subject 
for both adult and child artists. 

Speaking of artists, it was ;Just this afternoon that 
a Mrs. Crockett came from Charlestown bringing with her a 
lovely painting of the Inn done by J. Theodore Child in 1892. 
The Inn at that time had no dorraer -windovrs and no front porch. 
It was painted yellow. The painting yf&s donated to a nmiiTiage 
sale for the benefit of the Meiaorial Hospital in Boston. 

Friday, March 11, 19h9 Snow 

Large white snow flakes began to fall at noon today. 
They lend a somewhat peaceful atmosphere to the Inn and our 
house guest Dr. Stockdale remarked that this quiet snowfall, 
the flickering of the friendly fire and all the helpful Inn 
folk, make it seem to him as though all the "vforld were at 

Dr. and Mrs. Stockdale sat down to an early dinner 
this evening in front of the open f5-re in the Old Dining room. 
After dinner our guests took a walk in the snow and reported 
tl^y stood for many ndmites in front of the Chapel and marveled 
at the beautiful picture it i!iade on the "hill top" with the 
spot light on it and siKxw falling gracefully about. 

Week of Karch 6 - 12, 19h9 inclusive 

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Saturday, March 12, 19ii9 Cloudy - iVindy 

An article of interest concerning Dr. Ernst A. 
KauBer appeared in today's boston Herald. Dr. Hauser is 
a Professor of Chemistiy at IvI.I.T. and a frequent guest 
at the Inn with Professor ochell's Old Kitchen groups. 
Dr. Hauser will speak at Jordan liall on ounday oorning. 
Kis topic will be "A Scientist Looks at Religion". Although 
we liere at Uie Inn will be unable to hear him, «ne feel 
certain this will be an interesting and informative talk as 
we know Dr. Kauser to be a v/itty and extremely interesting 
conver salionalist • 

Our friends, the Dowkers, have not been to the Inn 
for their Saturday night dinner for soiae time, but this 
evening Krs.Bowker phoned to say "all is well" and they will 
pay us a visit again soon. 


We^ of March 13 - 19, 19h9 inclusive 
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Siaaday, March 13, 19h9 Pleasant - Cold 

The 13th started out as a very luclQr day when t he 
three ISyeth "boys" walked in for Breakfast and announced that 
they were celebrating an infrequent family reunion. There was 
Stimpson whom we know quite well because he lives in Keedliaci 
and very often when he is not teaching at the High School of 
CoaoBerce in Boston will drop in for afternoon tea with Mrs. Tiyeth. 
Edwin, the most retiring of the family, is in charge of UH work 
for Bristol County, The third, in whose honor the reunion was 
held is Na-Uianiel sYyeth of the Ford iiotor Company in Detroit. 
His adairation for Henry Ford II made him switch from General 
Motors to Ford where he is regarded very highly as an experiiaental 
engineer in the designing field. More specifically, he works on 
the riding ability of Lincoln and Mercury cars. The "boys" were 
full of fim and ate lots of cracked wheat cereal and piles of 
pancakes. Their only regret was the absence of brother Newell 
Converse Wyeth. well "known artist^ who was killed in an automobile 
accident a few years ago. 

Monday, March lit, 19h9 Cold 

Rev. Stockdale of New lork and Rev. Arnold and Rev. 
Arterton who have been oentioned many ti^s, were house guests 
last night and this morning sat by the fire talking. The con- 
versation was not about religion, however, but about war. Not 
a future ^ratr but the two world wars in the past, Mr. Stockdale 
had been in the first war and the two younger men in the second 
and they were co^saring experiences. 

Miss Williams and Miss Hall were ovemi^it guests 
also. They came, they said, to get away from h«»ae where they 
have been confined for a long tiae by sickness* They are not 
young- In fact one confessed to 78 years of age. They are like 
children let out of school and are enthusiastically planning a 
trJi^ today to see a sugaring off, 

Mr. Coulter has been painting the front stairs and 
today when a man asked about the mixing of colors for the paint 
in the Washington Dining Bloom Mr. Coulter was able to help him. 
Our visitor is restoring an old house and wants to paper his 
dining room with Chinese Tea Chest paper but could not find 
anyone who would tackle such delicate material. He was delighted 
to find that Mr. Coulter kr^-^is the trick and was willing to 
explain it to him. 

Week of March 13 - 19, 19li9 inclusive 
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Tuesday, March 1$, 19li9 Pleasant - Cold 

We are getting quite well acquainted with a Mr, and 
Mrs. B«it flho have recently moved to Wayland from Brentwood, 
New Pfempshire. They have been here for dinner several times 
and while Mrs. Bent was quietly exaiaining some of the utensils 
in the Old Kitchen on a recent visit, Mr, Bent pro\idly told of 
his wife's mountain climbing achievements, 5he is one of the 
relatively few wtasen Alpine climbeirs and has been to the top 
of the Matterhom, 

We have enjoyed Rev. and Mrs. Stockdale as house 
guests and were sorry Ythen they bid us goodbye this morning. 
Dr. 3tockdale has had parishes in Boston, Toledo, Ohio and 
Washington, D. C. He is now dean of the Speakers Staff of 
the National Association of Manufacturers. During their stay 
Dr. Stockdale amused us with many funixy stories end said that 
even thoxxgh he and Mrs, Stockdale had been mariT.ed fifty-two 
years they usually acted like a bride and groom and would we 
please serve them Honeymoon Salad - Lett-uce Alone i 

Wednesday, March l6, 19ii9 Cold - Sunngr 

A group of twenty-six school children from Fall River 
arrived by bus this afternoon on a sightseeing trip. In spite 
of the wintry weather they seemed to be enjoying themselves 
and were very attentive during their tour of the house. They 
were accoE^^anied by two nuns who evidently were having as good 
a time as the children. 

Quite une25>ectedly Barbara Eaton came in to see us 
today. The Kastem Slope Inn in Conway, New Hampshire wiiere 
she has been hostessing is finally closed for the season. 
Snow fell so that it was deep enough for skiing -which BsTbara 
enjoyed as well, as the guests. She had a wonderful tan as did 
Gertrude Ranstrom who came with her. Gertrude is a Sudbury girl 
also and used to wait on table here. A'e enjoyed their anecdotes 
about this huge winter resort to -sdiich they are planning to 
return when the season opens again in April, 




THE mrsim im 


Week of March 13 - 19, 19h9 inclusive 

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Thursday, March 17, 19li9 Windy 

St. Patrick's Day is being modestly recognized here 
by one or tiro appropriate iteans on our menu - Irish ^tew and 
Shamrock rolls. Miss Staples is wearing a green blouse i 

Our interesting house guests of two days and two 
nights departed for their home in westport Point, Massachxi- 
setts this morning. They were lliss B. D. vJlIiaBis and Miss 
K. S. Hall on their vray from Vermont ^lere they had partaken 
of a real maple "sugaring off". They gave a vivid descjJiption 
of how the sap is gathered, the boiling doim process and 
finally the pr^aration for market in gallon cans, all done 
in the old-fashioned way ijithout benefit of modem equipment. 
''And all the very purest, rKJst delicious maple flavor you. 
ever tasted", said iliss ./illiams. It made our mouths water i 

Friday, March l8, 191^9 Snow 

Sunday is officially the first day of Spring but 
the ground is covered with snow and it looks as if we would 
have three or four inches before morning. 

The buds are beginning to burst open on the trees 
and the crocus show signs of coming through the ground so 
we hope the sno?r #111 soon stop and give our spring floTrers 
a chance to bloOTi. 

Speaking of Spring flowers, we have all be inter- 
ested in the Flo«er Show put on by the Massachu^tts Horti- 
cultural Society and several of the Inn folk have journeyed 
to Boston to attend the show. The feature cf the show 
this year was a Tropical Garden, done with palis trees, bamboo 
huts and a lavish display of rare and beautiful orchids. 


leelc of March 13 - 19, 19li9 incluaive 

Saturday, Harch 19, 191*9 Fair - Cold 

The snow has passed and tiie Iim folk are busy 
putting the Chapel and the Inn in readiness for an early 
afternoon wedding. 

Miss Jane Qreenlaw from Brighton, our bride, was 
married in the Chapel at two o'clock and received ninety 
friends and relativesat a reception held in the large 
Ball roOTn of the Inn. 

Our bride was goTraaed in white marquisette v/ith 
a lace bodice and lace crown caught with a finger tip 
veil. She carried a prayer book festooned vitti white* 
roses and sweet peas. The bride's two attendants wore 
lime green marquisette and carried pink carnations. 

Among our dinner guests today came Mr. and l!rs. 
Cushnan. Mr Cushman's father is the ovmer of the Cushraan 
Bakery Company. Also, Mr. and llrs. Hutchinson and their 
son. Mrs. llutcbinson explained she had been a member of 
the Farm & Garden Club at tl^ie time Mrs. Henry Ford was 
president and also was acquainted with Mrs. Jpicer. 

Ife^ of March 20 - 26, 19h9 inclusive 

Simday, March 20, 19U9 Pleasant 

Mio in the old days -would have thou^t of using 
a warffling pan as a flower vase I But that is just what 
was done at the recent flower show in Boston, Shaded 
pink carnations burst forth from under the brass lid of a 
bed warmer - placed in horizontal position on a display 
table. Consequently our lovely old warming pan with copper 
lid was pressed into service this week-end and was filled 
with dried grasses and evergreens. The most favorable 
comnjQits however, were heard in the old dining room where 
on the mantle a large pinkish cockle shell served as a vase 
for more greens and grasses. 

Monday, March 21, 19h9 Sunny 

Mrs. Triple, who is living in the lovely old 
house opposite the Country Store, entertained six of her 
friends at luncheon today. One of these ladies was Mrs. 
Caldwell who lives on Peakham Road in the Southwest School 
house which lias been remodeled to suit the needs of Mr. and 
Mrs. Caldwell and their two children. Their little girl, 
Toni, is in the second grade at the Redstone School, by the 
way, and very proud to live in such a unique place J Ih^s^.^ S 
Temple's luncheon was carefully thought out and consiPCeSfof 
Fruit Cup, Creamed Sweetbreads and Mushrooms with a green salad 
and topped off with Baked Alaska. All the ladies expressed 
their delight at the arrangements and several who had not seen 
the house were very glad to wander through after lunch. 

Tuesday, March 22, 19ii9 m.ndy - Warm 

Two English women were guests this afternoon of 
some American friends who broiJght them to the Inn for a 
"spot" of tea. Later they wandered through the house enjoy- 
ing the old English-like atraosjdiere. 

More visitors from foreign ports were here this 
evening as guests of Mr and Mrs Bennett and their daughter. 
The girls, B. and C. Simony were from Dijon, Prance and are 
repaying a visit made to th®n last Sumioer by Miss Bennett. 
Tneir stay in this country wi3JL be of about two months 
duration in which tiiae they expect to go to New Yor^ and 

Week of March 20 - 26, 19h9 inclusive 
- 2 - 
Wednesday, March 23, 19k9 Rain 

A warm spring rain fell all day but towards sunset 
the skies cleared. Blany signs of spring ai^ in evidence. 
Mac started needing the lawns today and what looked like a 
flock of bluebirds was seen in the distant trees across from 
the Inn. At last a baby lamb has arrived and Mr. Clark was 
seen going throu^ the kitdien with a bottle of warm Edlk. 
m hope all is well in the nursery! 

The peepers started their song for the first tiine 
this evKiing, As people came in for dinner they said with 
wonder in their voices, "«ie just heard some peepers as we 
came along by the swauipy places I" 

Mrs. Ellms of Sudbury and her cousin Miss Marion 
Jitoerson came to see Miss Staples for information about a 
book of children's stories whe is writing. Bits of history 
about the Inn and its surroundings are very charmingly told, 
supposedly, by birds and animals. For inst^ce the descendant 
of Mary's lamb tells about the school. A swallow, a cat, a 
squirrel and Jim the fine old white horse, all have interesting 
stories to tell. Grownups and children, alike, will love the 
book which is to be published by Houghton and Mifflin. 

Tliursday, March 2U, 19h9 Pleasant 

Kiis day makes one yearn to be i^Jcing the lawn or 
planting tulip bulbs i It is warm and balmy. Mac and Benny 
are carrying on the seasonable out-door activities with 
tractor and lawn seed while those inside are tending to the 
numerous guests who too have longed for a breath of country 
Spring airi The guests who sat on the Porch this noon were 
able to see the grass turning green and the lilac bushes 
putting on their delicate little budsi Four of the small 
^ fry were enjoying a holiday from stuffy class rooias. "I 

thought this was just as important for the youngsters as a 
day in sdiool", said the hostess referring to the Inn and 
its environs. The children also had Spring fever. They 
ran gaily down the rfsJJf. on their vsay to the Country Store 
to buy some penny candy. 

Week of March 20 - 26, 19U9 inclusive 
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Friday, March 2 5, 19h9 Partly Cloudy 

Mrs, Bigeloir frOTi Marlborough brought tiro friends 
to see the house this afternoon and told us that she had met 
the couple last winter on her wey to California, Their home 
is in Minneapolis. The gentleman was particularly interested 
in our old clocks ifhich reniiKied Mrs, Bigelow of a clock 
story. She said that the tick of an old clock seemed to sayx 

Take your time, take your time. 

The tick of a modem clock in this hurried day 
and age usually says: 

You gotta get there, you gotta get there. 
Saturday, March 26, 19ii9 Warm and Sunny 

Denny just stopped in to tell us Jihat there are 
three new lamte in the i«ason bam. There is one set of twins 
of which one is a little weak but we are sure that with a bit 
of extra care he will pull throu^. 

Four young boys from Natick came over to the Inn 
on their bicycles. They were hot and tired. Their cheeks 
bulged with sour balls whidi they had most ilikely bought at 
the penny candy counter at the Gounti^ Store. iVhen asked to 
sign the guest register, one of the boys very excitedly said 
"Oh, but we* re not spending the ni^tl" 

We have with us as ovemiglrt guests a group of ten 
women from the statistical department of Landers, Frary & 
Clark in New Britain, Connecticut, wliich is well known for 
Universal appliances. Miss Estelle James, who is in charge 
brought along a 100- year, old dress wiiich had been handed down 
in her family^ and one of the younger ladies, I^ss Helena Spoo^ 
wore it while she read the "Tales of a .^yside Inn" to the rest 
of the group in the Parlor. 


Ifeek of March 2? - April 2, 19h9 inclusi-re 

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Sunday, March 27, 19h9 Partly doudy 

Mr« Ihmcan has retijmed from the Virgin Islands 
and his faadliar figure with pack on back isras seen yesterday 
afternoon headed for ISt. Hobscot* He appeared ag^ji in time 
for dinner and a chat &fter dinner with Mr. and Mrs* Boidcer. 
They are good friends, having net and talked together here 
in front of the fire in the Bar Room on many a Saturday evening, 

Uary Martin, the actress, and her husband Richard 
Halliday arrived here at a very early hour this morning having 
come for a ire^end rest after the performance of "South Pacific" 
in Boston last night. 

Three gentlosen iiho wanted to know all about the Inn 
were dinner guests this noon. They are western business men 
taking a refresher course at the Harvard School of Business 
Actadnistration, All spoke of returning later wh^i their wives 
come for graduation exercises. 

Monday, March 28, 19k9 Windy - Sunny 

Mary Martin, ygho arrived with her husband Sunday 
morning very early, is still trying to catch up on her sleep. 
She did not appear this morning until just before lunch. Her 
husband, Mr. Halliday, in the meant isne purchased a Maiy Lamb 
book and wrote a long letter to their little girl. Heller, iriioai 
they had to leave in Connecticut. Ihe book and the letter were 
sent off by mail as the show. South Pacific, is to be in Boston 
another week. It has been a smashing success, is sold out in 
Boston and New York through Septomi^r. Kary says modestly, 
however, "I hope it will be a successi" 

THE mzsim im 

Week of March 2? - April 2, 19U9 inclusive 
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Tuesday, March 29, 19h9 Pleasant 

AaKing our recent ovemi^t guests -waa Hr. Herbert 
Wakefield Stoith. 'He found him to be an interesting and jovial 
gentl(=gnan and in a isodest ^ray said that he krus the composer of 
"Songs s^ Mother taught me." Mr. Sndthjifrbo is 83 years old, 
is an Eaglishman, He came to this country in 1893 and since then 
has made fourteen trips back to Europe, fife enjoys life on board 
ship and says be much prefers it to living on land! 

Today, otrtside the dining room window perched in a 
lilac bush was an early "Flycatcher", Birds of this faiaily 
usually perch in an upright attitude on exposed twigs and at 
intervals sally forth to snap up passing insects. Our Flycatcher 
was the usual slate Hack and white and vocalised with a series 
of high rasping notes, 

Wednesday, Harch 30, 19U9 Rain - Cool 

Mr. and Mrs. King of New Canaan, Connecticut arrived 
to spend a few days. They are planning to attend as many sessions 
as possible of the Convocation to be held the next few days at 
the Kassachusctts Institute of Technology, Mr. King being a 
graduate has been invited to all the ceresBonles together with 
Mrs, King, She had a seorious accident in December, however, and 
may not be able to attend all the meetings and dinners. Th^ 
are very anxious to hear Winston Churchill speak at the Boston 
Garden toixiorrow night and Mr, King will make every effort to make 
it possible, 

Lena Gail, wiK) has been in California for four aionths^ 
called vp yesterday, Ste had just arrived in Boston and will 
start work tomorrow. Marion Hawkins, thinking Lena*s room 
loc^ced a little bare and knowing Lena's love of plants put 
several in her room to gz*eet her whei she opens the d<$or* 

Week of March 27 - April 2, 19l;9 inclusive 

-. 3« 

Thursday, March 31, 19h9 Pleasant 

Mr, Purdy brought in a little bliie book todfiQr, boxed 
in an attKictive blue case. The tales of a Wayside Inn in a 
pocket edition published by David McKay CocQ>any in Hiiladelphia. 
The book co2api*ises servsn stories, the ones published in Long- 
fellow's first editcm - and the prelude, interludes and finale 
are included. This will be on sale along irith our other books 
and -will fill a great need.. Many ask for a copy of the Tales 
and not for a long time have we been able to siapply the demand. u^i( 
Such a small, compact book as this will provide the avera^,.-^-^ ^'ovA^'"^' 
visitor idLth Longfellow's poems and make a nice 8o\iveniei^f 
the Inn, especially good for children. It will sell for seventy- 
five caits. 

Friday, April 1, 19k9 Plea»ant 

Twenty little girls with two teachers travelled all 
the way from £vanston, Illinois to spend their Spring vacation 
in this historical section of the country - Boston, Concord, 
Lexington add today they were limcheon guests at tJie iiayside Inn. 
Their school is "Royceinere" and they were a well-mannered, 
interested, enthusiastic group. One of the teachers e^lained 
that the children were pretty well filled up with Longfellow, 
having just come from Craigie House where they were greeted by 
Mr. Henry siadsworth Longfellow Dana. After luncheon biiey were 
jiransported to the Kill where practically every youngster bought 
a bag of flour or com meal to carry haiae to mother. 

Saturdi^, April 2, 19li9 Pleasant 

Miss Fisher and Miss Staples are full of enthusiasm 
today and grateful to our house guest Mr. King for providing 
them with tickets to hear ICr. Stassen and Mr. Churchill last 
evening. They went in to the Boston Garden i^iore a distinguished 
company of lii,0CX3 persons, ssostly scientists, were gathered in 
honor of the Mass. Institute of Technology's Mid-Century CJonvo- 
cation. Most distinguished person there was *^inston Churchill 
who, after a speech delivered by Mr. Stassen, e:^ressed his 
appreciation of the warm welcoEie he had received in Boston. Hr 
Churchill said he was "off duty^ having delivered a long speech 
on the previous evening and he displayed in hujwsrous fashion his 
gaiety and light-heartedness. His informality and natural, 
friendly attitude wm the admiration and affection of every one 
present. It iias a great historical event and our iMjstesses felt 
honored indeed to have shared in it« 


Ife^ of April 3-9, 19U9 incliisive 
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Stmday, April 3, 19h9 Pleasant 

The dancing parties which WBTe held in the old 
BaUL rocaa in Mr. lemon's time have become a tradition liiich 
should go do»m in Wayside history. Frcan descriptions given 
by our guests, the parties -were popular with groups of young 
people frora B«igMx>ring ccranrunities. Transportation was by 
slei^ or hay rack depending on the season of the year. 
However, the majority describe sleighing parties. An oyster 
stew supper was served to the guests either before or during 
the dancing prograau Coi^pariiig the size of the old and new 
Ballro(sa6, the smaller one seems hardly adequate for more 
than two "sets" of dancers. But surely more than el^jbt people 
came. Usually, we are told, sixteen or twenty young people 
enjoyed the fun» Today such a party was desci*ibed lay an 
eighty year old guest who said that the conveyance used for 
transporting his friends from Natick to the Inn was an old 
boat under which either runners or iriieels were attached for 
land navigation! 

Monday, April I;, 19h9 Rain 

Three other people had luncheon today with 
Rev. Hufftaann. One of then was a Dr. tieMs #io is presi- 
dent of the International Association of Evangelists. 
Mien asked if he had known Billy Sunday he said "yes" and 
whffli we inquired about Mrs. Sunday he said she was very 
well and he had Just recently ^^n her off on a bus which 
she was taking to visit some friends in another part of 
the country. 

Mr. Huffjwn's other guests were Mr. and Mrs. 
Wilraos Csehy. The latter was carryljng a violin and after 
l\mch it became the topic of convei*sation in the bar room 
for quite sosk time. It is a very valuable instrui^nt and 
has a most interesting history, having been made by Landolf 
in 1772. At one time it was owned by David, t he con^wDser, 
a contemporary aiui friend of Meaidelssohn. Mr. Csehy' s bow 
was also unique with its gold tip inlaid with two amethysts. 
It was made by the master craftsman Luthier Rosenthal for 
Mr. Csehy vho prizes it hi^ily because of its beauty as 
well as its perfect balance. Mr. Csehgr whose parents were 
Hungarian, decided early in life to devote his talent to 
Christian service and is associated with evangelists traveling 




Ifeek of April 3-9, 19ii9 inclusive 

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Monday, April ii, 19li9 (continued) 

all over the country doing radio and concert work. Naturally 
we were anxious to hear this faaous artist and Mr. CoelQr 
very obligingly tudced his fiddle under his ehin and made 
the old oak beans resotand to the lovely melody of "In the 
Gloaming* ° 

Tuesday, April 5f ^9k9 Warmer 

The "Advertising Age" for March 26th, has a nice 
picture of our pewter display. The picture was taken in 
connection with a group of Radio sales people who came to 
the Inn for luncheon several weeks ago. Two of the salesmen 
were standing in front of the Dutch dresser in the old dining 
room when the photographer snapped the camera. They are 
"admiring some of the antiques" says the caption. Our pewter 
shows its lovely polished sheen even in the picture. And:, 
by the way, Mrs. Stone takes a great deal of pride in achieving; 
Just that warm gray sparkle on all of our pewter pieces wliich 
is so much adniired by our guests. 

Wednesday, April 6, 19U9 Kain 

Charlie macMillan, not yet old enough to go to 
school^ would ordinarily find a rainy day ratter boring but 
today ne was allowed to wear his cowboy outfit and his brand 
new boots with Cuban heels as well. He was warned to walk 
quietly in the house but once in a while he would forget and 
stamp do«n the hall with a real cowboy swa^er* 

The vfind has been extremely hi^ today and no doubt 
tomorrow we shall hear of the damage done to ships at sea 
and along the coast where the wind has reachsd almost one 
hundred miles an hour. Here, twenty miles inland^ it was 
causing the red horse sign to ceak on its hinges. Mien 
Mr. McDonough tried to li^t the kerosene las^xs outdoors he 
found it was impossible as the wind kept blowing his match 
out. He finally had to bring them into the house before he 
succeected in making them stay lighted* 

Hr. and Mrs* Crelly came in for dinner and a 
nei^borly chat l^ the fii^. 




Tfeek of April 3-9, 19h9 inclusive 

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Thia-sdfi^, April 7, 19h9 Windy 

We always enjoy MriB. 0' Toole for an overnight guest 
and tonight we enjoyed her more than ever» S}« is such a 
nice person and -"^hile she coiaes for a rest from her strenuous 
duties as a florist, she always has tiioe to stop for a chat 
at the Bar before going to her rocan or out into the freah aijp 
for a -aalk. We like her philosophy. She said t onight "I 
always tell the girls in my shop that it may be a beautiful 
place in which to work, but the people who are in the shop 
are more in^jortant than "Uie shop itself. They can make it 
attractive - or unattractive". We like that bit of widdom 
and also what Mrs. 0' Toole had to say about chann. "chana", 
she said "is the art of siaking the other person feel comfort- 
able and important." 

Friday, April 8, 19h9 y^ Cloudy - Hain 

The pT]pils/rrom the Mary Lamb School enjoyed their 
dancing class in tjte Ball Room this afternoon. They learned 
to do a quadrill-^d while dancing sang "John Brown had a 
little Indian". The children were compliiaented on their 
waltz today. The good afternoon waltz was enjoyed by all, 
including Mrs. Purdy and Mrs. Bennett, idio danced together. 
Later Mr. Kaynes and Mrs. Bennett did an e:diibition gallop while 
the childi*en watched. In conclusion the children bid the 
two hostesses, Mrs. Bennett and Mrs. Purdy and the ik>st Mr. 
Polland - Good afternoon. 

Saturday, April 9, 1^9 Fair - Gold 

Aiaong our luncheon guests today came Mr. and Mrs. 
■^ftiiting, an elderly coii^jle, who frequently visit the Inn. 
They enjoy sitting in the old Dining Rocsa and today seemed 
pleased to have Lena Gail wait on them once again. Lena 
has reoently retiimed from a trip to California, 

Two young ladies paid us a visit early this morning 
and later decided to speiwi the luncheon hour with us. Later 
our guests spent quite sca^ time touring tte Inn and the 
grounds and we learned our guests were fircan Honolulu. One 
young lac^ explained "our people are missionaries there but we 
have jiist come on to take a position in New loi^. We are 
toxiring Massachusetts, ar^d Connecticut and so far have found 
the people very generous and frigidly. ^^ 



Week of A|>ril 10-16, l$h9 inclusive 

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Sunday, April 10, 19h9 Pleasant 

He»-coiaers to the Inn were Mr, and Mrs. R. S. Jordan 
of South Orange, Hew Jersey, iidio stayed overnight last night. 
Before starting their car for the hoiaeward journey, U 
morning, Mrs. Jordan said that their stay here i»w^en very 
pleasant ind^d. Instead of being at an Inn it seecred as if 
they had be^i visiting in a private home. She had noticeKi 
that the hostess had "walked way into the dining room to seat 
me at the proper table". She also mentioned the houseman and 
how he had kindly offered to turn on the Ball Bjoom. lights 
especially for her. Such appreciation as this expressed by 
Mrs. Jordan makes us very happy. 

Aciniral and Mrs. Irish from Wasliington, D. C. de- 
parted this afternoon but soon returned to recover two 
valuable rings which Mrs. Irish had left on the washbasin 
in the "Jerusha" bathroom. Fortunately the rings had been 
rescued by a hostess and put in the safe - much to the relief 
of Mrs. Irish who, needless to f;ay, had been experiencing 
some very anxioiis mos^nts. 

Monday, April 11, 19U9 Clear and Ctold 

Single men often drop in for breakfast on their 
way to business and one or two, namely, Duncan and 
Mr. Hooper, say we sex*ve the best breakfast in the country. 
Today ift*. Haynes stopped in for his bacon and eggs and 
coffee. Ife is driving to Hew Yoiic and will be gone several 
day^ since this is vacation for the little "Mary Latabers", 
and there will be no dancing class on Friday. 

Ttto parties took place today. One was a luncheon 
served on the Porch for thirty-three women belonging to a 
Brockton club, tlie other was an Old Kitchen i3iimer for ten. 
This was a 30th Anniversary celebration. As a reminder of 
courting days dishes of candy hearts with sentiments such as 
"I love y3u" were placed on the table instead of after-dinner 
mints. They were bou^t at the Country Stoi^. 

A long-felt want has been fulfilled at lasti Copies 
of "Tales of a Wayside Inn" ai*e now available and for sale at 
seventy-five c&ota a coipy. The book is a reprint of the first 
edition as it appeared in 1863 and contains laost of the best 
laiown poeoas. It is bound very attractively in blue linen 
and 5^ po<^et size n^ich siKJuld hel^) to make it a best seller. 




"B'eek of April 10 - 16, 191*9 inclusive 

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Tuesday, April 12, 19li9 Pleasant 

A small wedding luncheon -was held in the Old 
Kitchen at noon time today arranged by the bride's father, 
Mr. ?f» E« rfright of Waltham, IJassachusetts . As is our 
custom for weddings, we used a -white table cloth on the 
old pins table, Mr» .Flint placed two bowls of flowers on 
the table, one at each end, and a wedding cake made an 
appropriate center piece. A very nice meal was served 
including steak for everyone. The bride and groom were too 
busy and too excited to esqDress their thanks but one of 
the older Eiembers of the party praised the food and service 

Wednesday, April 13, 19h9 Wiarra 

Chester Fabian and bis friend and business 
associate, Mr. Alescander, spent the night here. Instead 
of Chester's familiar Ford convertible, however, a 
treiaendous truck was seen in the parking place. It aeems 
he has a new job, that of selling re-built Ford engines 
for the same corapai^ for which he has been working. It 
is really a raise and means a lot of responsibility as he 
is to drive up into Ilaine. He will have to learn how to 
approach people and the art of salesmanship as well as the 
art of driving this huge affair along more or less un- 
faiailiar highway's, Chester is very eager to get started 
in tlae aoniing althou^ it must be quite a thrill to sleep 
in the Wayside Inn for the first time. 

In preparation for Easter baskets were purchased 
at the Comitry Store today. These are being painted in 
various pastel shades and will be filled with flowers. The 
Bar rocm has turned into a paint shop and everyone is 
helping and offering advi©e as to how many pink or lavendar 
stripes should be used and just where to put the green or 
the white. 

Thursday, April Ih, 19h9 Pl^isant 

Pola Stout has been our most intei^sting guest 
for two days. She is the wife of Rex Stout, but mil 
soon be known, not as the wife of Rex Stout but as Pola 
Stout, designer of rare and lovely fabrics. Her designs 
and colors are used primarily in dress materials and it 
is Irs. Stout's purpose to bring the best in color and 

leek of April 10 - 16, 19h9 inclusive 

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Thursday, April Hi, 19h9 (continued) 

fabric to American wcmsn, to lift their taste towards better 
desi^. "If you have something to give, you must share it 
"With others and help them to \mderstand and appreciate better 
things" she said. Mrs. Stout is French, we thinlc. At any 
rate she speaks irith a d^sided accent and a very attractive 
one. Her Kew Tork business address is 1? East ItSth Street 
and it is a profit-sharing concern. The fabrics are not 
hand "woven^as Edght be supposed :,but are done by machiiK. 
Mrs. Stout' had a "wonderful talk" yesterday with Mr* Sedgwick, 
editor of the Atlantic Monthly in which magaaine Mrs. Stout 
will tell her story in a forthcoming issue. 

Friday, April 15, l^U? Pleasant 

Among our overnight guests this evening caaie two 
smartly dressed gentlemen and a southern lady. This threesome 
introdiKied thexnselves as Mr and Mrs. B. Anthony Stewart and 
fellow associate Jir. John Fletcher. Mr. Stewart went on to 
explain that he and Mr. Fletcher are staff photographers for 
the National Geographic Magazine in Wasliington, D. C. and are 
here at the Inn to take pictures for their magazine . They 
plan to take pictures of the Inn both exterior and interior. 
They are also interested in obtaining pictvires of an old 
Hew j&igland Church and journey for miles each day in search 
of a siiitable subject. 

Saturday, April 16, 19h9 Fair - Cold 

The spring season is upon us and we are glad to 
see the maple hods, jonquils and forsythia in bloom in the 
Old-Fashioned Garden. This being the Easter week-end we 
have tried to cat<di the spirit of spring. We Imve picked 
scHse bright yellow forsytliia and will add to it jonquils 
and pansies. These in turn will be arranged forthe tables 
in the Old Dining room. Porch and large Dinir^ Rocsa. 

Miss Fisher has been busy painting baskets with 
pastel colors. These will be placed throu^out the Iim 
and filled with our gay jH-owers. 

A cunning white lamb and several st\if fed bunnies 
were donated to coigplete our Easter pictxs^e. 




Week of April 17th - 23pd, 19h9 

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Sunday, April 17, 19U9 Pleasant - Cold 

Ifuch Easter finery lay packed away in tissue paper 
today because of a chilly irind. This did not prevent over 
four hundred people from coming to the Inn for their Easter 
dinner however. Traditional Baked Ham was on the menu and a 
special Easter Salad. The hostesses used their hand painted 
baskets filled with spring flowers for decorations arid each 
hostess wox^ pinned to her shoulder a gay corsage. Many 
lovely corsages -were seen among the guests and we noticed 
some very little ladies sporting small bouquets ;3u6t like 
the larger one on Mother's shoulder. Altogether it was an 
uneventful day but a happy one and that is just the way 
Easter Sunday should be. 

Morxiay, AotLI 18, 19U9 ^_^r^__,t^Cold 

Although it is very cold and snow is predicted 
,,ev5^^ flock of blue birds alighted on our front doorstep 
this momingi They chatted happily back and forth among 
thoDaselves while waiting to be admitted. A lady caae into 
the Bar room and said "Here are my "Blue Birds . " May we 
come in?" About twenty-five children evidently belonging 
to a club trooped in and listened attentively to the story 
of the house. They came from Ftest Roxbury and were of the 
Third and Fourth Grades in school. When the group entered 
the a^shington Dining Room the children were delisted to 
see a woolly white lamb nestling among the flowers which 
Mrs. Flint had arranged for Easter in a colorful basket. 
Much to the surprise of all a tinkling little melody was 
heard coming from f^nong the daffodils and yellow forsythia. 
The cdiildren list«ied with happy faces irtiile the music box 
concealed in the lamb played several verses of "Mary had 
a little lamb". This seemed an appropriate moment to 
mention the real baby lambs up in the bam i^ich these 
little Blue Birds were very anxious to see when they had 
conpleted their toia* of the house. 


Ifeek of Spril 17th - 23rd, 19h9 
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Tuesd^, April 19, 19k9 Cloudy 

Today was Patriot's Day and over in Coneord and 
Lexington celebrations were held and a laoderr:- Paul Revere 
re-rode the fBooxta route through the Middlesex countryside; 
while along Comioorarealth Avenue about one hundred and fifty 
men raced for glory in the annual Marathon, 

The weather this morning did not seem too promis- 
ing and although a great many people en;3oyed their holiday 
dinner at t^side Inn, it was evident th#t a great many 
others decided to stay close to hon». 

One of our dinner guests was Jesse H» Buf fton, who 
is described as a '*world traveler, radio conmentator, lecturer 
and Photographer extraordinaiy. " Perhaps the most interesting 
of Mr» Buffim's lectures is "Behind the Coral Curtain" whirfi 
pictures the primitive life of the natives in Samoa. Iiectiirers, 
writers and photographers are not usiially wanted in Samoa, but 
a special dispensation from the Navy Depa.rtinent gave Mr. Buffum 
the opportunity to go behind the coral curtain. The result of 
this visit is said to be outstanding in the lecture field today. 

Wednesday, April 20, 19h9 Ple^ant 

The Mothers* Club of ^iialtham, numbering sixty-five, 
sat down to luncheon at one o'clock. A business meeting 
preceding had be«n going on since eleven and the call to 
luncheon was a welcome one. The ladies enjoyed their Fresh 
Fruit Clip, Creamed Chicken in Patty Shells, Tossed Green Salad, 
and Strawberry Ice Cream and Cake, Int most of all, the com 
bread. "Seconds" were a^ed for and then inquiries were made 
as to where the recipe could be obtained. The waitress told 
them at the Bar whereupon a rush was made to the front of the 
house and in a few maaents o\ir entire stock of the little green 
folders had been given away. After hearing the story of t he 
house most of the ladies walked up to the Mill in order to 
purchase the meal to make that delieious com bread. 'Slmy 
also e3q)ressed a d&sire to see the baby lambs but were not 
quite sure idiat they could induce the bus driver to take thesa 
up there. 


Week of April 17th - 23rd, 19li9 
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Thursday, April 21, 1^9 Pleasant 

Eleven little Brownies case to see the house this 
morning and •were coiwhacted through by a hostess idio iias nnich 
impressed by their good behavior and their enthusiasm for 
the interesting things she shewed them. Later in the morning 
a larger group of Brownies arrived and after being shown 
through the house, enjoj^d luncheon sejrved at one long table 
in the large dining room. The first group, by the way, brought 
box lunches and ate them out-of-doors. Brownies are Junior 
Girl Scouts, 

Another luncheon group came from Reading, Massachu- 
setts numbering twenty-two. They were manbers of the Antiques 
section of the Reading Womans Club. Their luncheon was served 
on the Porch and they were given an enlightening talk onthe Inn 
by Miss Fisher. 

Friday, April 22, 19li9 Pleasant 

An article of great interest to us all here at the 
Inn, appeared in today's Boston Herald. It brought sadness 
to our hearts, for it told of the tragic death of Mrs. Virginia 
Pitcaim, age twenty-five, of Barnstable Road, West Newton. Mrs. 
Pitcaim dro?med in a stormy sea during a cruise from New York 
to Benauda. Mr. and Mrs. Pitcaim were frequent luncheon and 
dinner gaests at the Ixsi and often dropped in late Sunday after^ 
noon to toast their heels by the open fire in the Bar Roam, 
after a hox^se back ride through the countryside. The Pitcaima 
were friendly toward everyone at the Inn and their presence 
will be greatly missed )jy all. 

Saturday, April 23, 19k9 Cloudy - Rain 

This has been a cloudy day but fairly warm with a 
few April showers. Despite the showers the Inn is expecting a 
wedding party of seventy-five late this afternoon. A four 
o* clock wedding took place in our MarUia Bary Chapel and a reception 
followed in the large Ball room. Tlie bride looked especially 
beautifal in her ivory satin bridal gown. She carried a spray 
containing several white orchids. 7hB bride's three attendants 
were gowrffld in a heavenly shade of aqua marquisette and carried 
cascades of pale pink roses and sweet peas. A three-tiex^ 
wedding cake adorned the center of the Buffet TalxLe and was set 
off by two floral arrangements containing yellow tulips and 




Week of April 2^th - 30th, 1949 


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Sunday, April 24, 1949 Pleasant 

About twice a year. Spring and Fall, we are visited 
by Frank Mix, one time vaudeville actor end cousin of Tom 
Mix of silent movie fame. Frank remenibers the Inn from way 
back in the era of Will Rogers and Marie Dressier when he was 
■playing" in Boston. No?, retired, he and his ■id.fe ovm a little 
place in Nashua, New Hsmpshire where Frank dabbles in buying 
and selling antiques. The rest of the tin^e he spends in carving 
miniature furniture and laakes soiae really fine pieces. These 
he peddles around the country and told us today that he has 
just returned from a trip to Oklahoma where he sold several 
hundred miniature Boston rockers. But behind the skill of 
creating small furniture and in back of his knowledge of an- 
tiques, lies the genuine love of entertaining. The old stage 
humor keeps cropping out to make U8 ail laugh. Frank nearly 
shook our hands off today as he bid good-by and without a 
smile said, "Glad you met me, glad you met mel" 

Monday, April 25, 1949 CJold 

Spring is having a hard time of it out of doors. 
Last night the temperature »fas 25^, Inside the house it is 
a little more spring-like ^rith branches of white cherry 
blossoms and Mr, Coulter's ynnual offering of pink magnolia 
from his garden, 

A letter from Mrs. M. C, Widdeaer of Canada Lake, 
New York, this morning expresses her regret at not being 
able to spend the night as she had planned. Several telegram® 
preceded the letter changing the day or time of arrival and 
now she was cancelling the reservation altogether. To quote 
part of her letter she says, "We were snowed in here at our 
Adirondack Camp Tuesday and part of Wednesday, and no-?? to 
top everything elsa we are having trouble with our car. 
We were particularly anxious to stay with you at the "Wayside 
- Irm because I hope to do a book on Reniy W. Longfellow for 

the Childhood of Famous Americans series, which Bobbs Merrill 
publishes, I've written three for them already, Wasi-Jlngton 
Irving, Alexander Graham Bell and Harriet Beecher Stowe," 

She says how disappointed she is, as -well as her 
husband and son, at not being able to stay at the Inn, but 
closes her letter by saying, "Fe are planning to nake the 
trip lat« in May or early June and will write well in advsnce.* 




leek of April 24th - 30th, 19^9 

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Tuesday, April 26, 194-9 Pleasent 

A group of 5th and 6th grade children from the 
Woodrow Wilson School in Framingham visited the Inn this 
morning . 

This afternoon, one hundred snd thirty students 
from the Slater Junior Iligh School in PawtucVcet, Rhode 
Island were sho^m through the housa. This group Viad a very 
busy day — starting «rith a tour of the "Constitution" snd Bunker 
Hill Monument, then on to Csjabridge where they visited the 
Longfellow house. They s«^ the Glass Flowers at the Agassiz 
Museum and, after following the route of Paul Rever*3 ride, 
stopped in Concord to see the many historical places there. 
Although the Wayside Inn wes the last stop of tlieir long day, 
the group was very attentive and interested as they were 
shoim through the house. 

Wednesday, April 27, 19-49 Sunny and ^ara 

This morning's mail brings the notice of an exhibi- 
tion of Paintings and TTater Colors by Ssjtq Charles at Doll and 
Richards, Newbury Street, Boston. Mr. and Mrs. Charles ere 
frequent visitors and always ask for a certain table on the 
Porch ?,hich happens to seat four, but Agnes lets them have 
it bec?iuse they have been coating here for so many years. 
Kr. Charles has to sit where the light is just right and there 
is nothing to disturb his artistic sensibility. Mrs. Charles 
says this exhibition is his best even though he has been 
working \inder the handicap of a severe heart attack some time 
ago. On the back of the announcement she has vTritten, "If you 
are in tO'sn and can look in on Ur, Charles' exhibition, I am 
sure you will enjoy it. This invitation r,» extend cordially 
to all our wonderful Wayside Inn friends." 

Chester Fabian and his friend, Carl Alexander, again 
spent the night but tills time the big truck was roissing from 
the parking space. Instead a beautiful dark blue convertible 
Ford was there. These ambitious young salesmen ere to be called 
at six thirty in the morning to start on another round of sellini 
re -built Ford jnotors. 



Week of April 2^1 th ~ 30th, 19^9 

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Thursday, April 28, 19U9 Cold, windy 

Br. Aaron J who is an amateur photographer^ stayed ovijr- 
night again last night and tiiis aoming made a professional sort 
©f appointment to take Barbara Eaton's picture. Berbara is our 
part-tiae hostess who is novfon* for the ^iBuaer seas<^ and if we 
do say so, Barbara is a tall, handsome girl _, always well dressed 
and well grooned and we are happy to have her festured as a model 
for any picture at any time. This uiomlng Mr. Aar<m asked 
Barbara to dress herself in a semi-dark dress with white apron and 
cap. Then he moved the large butter bowl in the Kitchen towards 
a window where the light would be just right. Barbara as a Puritan 
maiden stood by the bowl supposedly working the batter. Mr. Aaron 
snapped the camera. Bow vte are anxiously awaiting the result which 
Itr. Aaron will send from lew York in a few days. 

Friday, April 29, 1949 Fair - cool 

We have be«ni eagerly matching the old-fashioned garden 
for several weeks now and waiting for the appearance of Spring 
flowers. The bright yellow jonquils were the first to bloom. There 
were two round beds of them. We are now enjoying red snd white 
tulips. Also many purple and white violets. 

Miss Fisher is especially fond of violets and frequently 
presents us with a large bunch of them which we place in the Bar- 
room or on a mantle where they can be enjoyed by all. 

Saturday, April 30, 1949 Pleasant 

A farewell dinner party was held st the Inn this evening 
for Mr. William G. Regan who retired as clerk of Courts today. About 
forty friends attended and included members of iiie Marlboro jmd 
Hudson Bar Associations, Marlboro and Hudson Police Departments and 
Court associates. 

Judge Jonas M. Hurley, acting toastm&ster, presented Mr. 
Regan with a gift and Mrs. Regan was given a corsage. Judge Hurley 
paid tribute to the long and efficient service perfon^d \s^ Wae 
honoz>ed guest • le first served twelve years as probation officer and 
for the past twenty- two years he was clerk of Courts. Qa April l6th 
lie observed his 70th birthday, the age of retiremwat. 



Wedc of Hay 1-7, 19h9 inclusive 
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Simday, M^ 1, 19h9 Pleasant 

The Heather is getting better and better and the 
tr^es in their Spring garb are becoming as si)ectacular in 
color as in the Fall of the year. Varying shades of green 
mingled with browns and reds make a wonderful background 
for the flowering trees such as cherry and apple. Most of 
our guests today remariced on the beauty of the country side. 

Two fine -looking young men of dark skin were in 
a group of students who made a pilgrimage to the Inn today. 
The two were from Haiti and Jamaica. 

We felt sacae concern today for o\ir dear friend 
Mrs. Bell^who left the dinner table feeling iliLand soon 
afterwards went home. She and Dr. Bell and their grand- 
children, Billy and Peter, rarely miss a Sunday with us. 
We hope Mrs. Bell will be feeling better next week. 

Monday, Kay 2, 19h9 Cloudy - «arm 

Today the Kleventh Annual Conference of the Rotary 
International was held in the 197th District^ iriliich is the 
town of Natick. All the meetings, luncheon and dinner took 
place at the Meadows on the Worcester Turnpike. At about 
four o* clock sixty ladies. Rotary Anns, in other words, came 
to be shown through the Wayside Inn. These ladies were most 
appreciative and asked many intelligent questions of ihe 
hostesses. In a pamphlet containing the order of events for 
the day, i/^ich one of the ladies left with us, and under the 
heading Rotary Ann's Program was the following: 

"Miscellaneous Events from 300 - 5:15 P M 

Tour No. 1 Babson Institute, ifellesley, Mass. 

Tour No, 2 7/a/side Inn, Sudbury, Mass. 

Tour Ho. 3 '^fhipple Company, Natick, Mass. Makers 

of GraiKlmother's Mincoaeat." 

Mth such competition we were pleased that so 
mar^r wives of Rotarians whose motto is, "He profits most 
who serves best", c^ose Tour No. 2 to the Wayside Inn. 



of May 1-7, 19h9 inclusi^ 

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Tuesday, May 3, 1^9 Eainy 

Although the weather was not in l^eir favor, 
tlie thirty members of the Aubumdale Book-Review Club 
©ijoyed tiieir annual luncheon ishich was served to them 
on the Porch, A busine^ meeting was held, after iihich 
the ladies were given a guided tour of the Inn. 

This evening Prof. Schell and ten other singular- 
ly distinguished men were served a dinner at their favorite 
gathering place, nasaely, the <Vayside Inn. As ususal, their 
meeting afterwards was held in the Old Kitchen ;where hi^ly 
polished apples in wooden bowls reflected the dancing flames 
in the fireplace. Most of the faces were familiar, with the 
exception of orw or two, including that of the speaker who is, 
we were told, the Chairman of the Executive Cooraittee of the 
Guarantee Trust Company of New York. 

Wednesday, May U, 19li9 Warm 

The unseasonable warmth, temperature about 90 degrees 
today, has brought out in profusion the white and purple violets. 
Siiough have been gathered frora a spot to which they strayed 
from the garden to fill a large container. This was the center- 
piece for the headtable at dinner this evaaing served to eighty- 
ei^t members of the Savings Bank Life Insurance Association. 
Everyone admired the violets because of their si^e and also 
because they have bloomed so early in the season. 

To walk in the old garden is a joy these days. Last 
fall Mr. Perry worfced hard putting in bulbs of various kinds 
and although he is no longer here to see it many others can 
enjoy the results of his thoughtful handiwork. He toolf great 
pains in his arrangement of colors, it seems, a round bed of 
yellow daffodils is bordered with the lovel^'- blxtB of the grape 
hyacinth. Another circiilar bed planted with gay red tulips in 
varying shades startles the eye, a cluster of white violets 
nestles in a hollow close hy the trunk of a tree and as one looks 
across the garden to the wall where the lilacs are in full bloom, 
a mass of some yellow flower and a late forsythia offer a pleas- 
ing contrast to the pale 3^vendar flowers in their green foliage. 


Week of liay 1-7, 19k9 inclusive 

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Thursday, May $, 19U9 Pleasant 

The "ffives, sisters and mothers of Harvard College 
graduates ytbo live in and around Bos ton, again had their 
ajmual luncheon-meeting at tl» Inn today. This is their one 
outing of the year when, instead of laeeting at a city hotel, 
they spend the day in the country. Apple blossoms and other 
spring flowers decorated the tables in the large dining room 
^d the head table, seating eiglrt, looked especially lovely 
■with a large bowl of snap dragons and iris. Our* best silver 
candlesticks were used. A total of onehundred and forty-five 
"women drew their chairs around the head table after luncheon and 
enjoyed a talk on ''Elyesight" given by Mrs. LeSourd. She spoke 
about people who take a near-sighted view of things corsparing 
them to those -wbo are far sighted. 

Friday, May 6, 19h9 Pleasant 

A group of thirty grade school pupils from the 
Hamilton School in Newton Lower Falls enjoyed luncheon this 
noon at the Inn. The children were seated on the Porch 
and were served. Fruit Juice, Seafood in Pastry Shell and Ice 
Cream and Cake. Very aaich pleased with their lunch, the 
children adjourned to the Ball Rocsn is^iere they were greated by 
Mr. Haynes and tlie pupils from the i£ary Lamb School. The 
Hary Lamb pupils began their weekly dancing lesson and were soon 
joined by the Newton pupils^ who are also studying the Old-l'ashioned 
Dancing. Mr. Haynes stooi on the platform and called the dances 
idiile Miss Fisher played the accozHpanimeat on the piano. Bot^ 
children and grownups enjoyed this afternoon of dancing, 

Saturday, May 7, 19h9 Fair - Cool 

A danc© group of about two hundred enjoyed a 
School Sorority Dance in the large Ball Roobi of the Inn this 
evening. The sorority Phi Beta - Meta along with their 
escorts;; drove from Worcester, Massachiseits to participate in 
the evenings enteiiiainment. The young ladies were presented 
with £ gardenia and' a dance card and gayly sported -them through- 
out the evKiing. The Ball Room was decorated with bright 
colored crei)e paper ribbons. These were festooned from one side 
of the jTOom to the other and clustered together to create a 
rosette effect. Dancing continued from eight to twelve o'clock 
and an enjoyable time was had by all. 



Week of Hay 8 - lii, 19l;9 inc. 
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Simday, May 8, 1^9 Pleasant 

The ccaabination of T»arm sunshine, blue ^ies and 
our annual "Mother's Day" bzx>ught over five hundred guests 
for dinner and about a hundred inore to si^t-see through 
the house. It was a typical family day with tiny tots 
hand-ii>-hand with grandmothers. These tiro members of -ttie 
family unit seemed to steal the show. The grandmothers were 
decked out in their best attire aiKi the children looked like 
walking dolls. One of the small boys, not more than six years, 
had apparently restrained his curiosity until he reached the Inn. 
Here, in the excitement of sentimental gaiety, he questioned his 
Mother, "^ihat is this whole thing about, anyway?" 

Monday, May 9, 19l;9 Fair - Cool 

Miss Leland of Fraaingham brought her group of 
thirty Seventh Grade children to see the house this morning. 
Her groups are always well disciplined and it is a pleasure 
to talk to them, they are so attentive. 

Mr. Hamilton arrived when the children were still 
here and it was impossible to greet him properly but Mr. Purdy 
had him in tow and they made their way to the dining room for 
a belated breakfast. 

Mr. and Mrs. Bowker have not been to the Inn recently 
because Mr. Boiricer gets hoTue so much later than formerly. This 
morning a letter arrived from Mrs. Ba»ricer in which she say«: 
"We haven't for';jotten you and I'm still hoping to get down to 
see you. Tonight it's to be 7:30 before Carl gets home so no 
chance to start out and have a midnight ri(te like Paul Revere I 
The jinx has been after usl Uy brother had a sixiden heart 
attack - and then Carl and I ^vere run into. I got a dreadful 
s>iaking up and a bad wrench to my r^ck. I've felt very stiff 
and jittery these past three weeks Imt am on the mend now. The 
roses are gro7/ing fast and came throu^ the winter well2 

THE mrsim inn 


We^ of May 8 - lii, 19l;9 inclusive 

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Tuesday, May 10, lSk9 Cloiidy - Cool 

Early this morning a group of children f rcan the 
Sudbury Centre School visited the Inn. Many of these 
children had never beai to the Inn before, although the 
majority of them have always lived in Siidbury. 

!&*• G, L, Frost of Sudbury and sixteen of his 
business associates had lunch this noon in the Old Dining 
Room. Their menu included Hoast Beaf idth YOT'kshire Pudding 
and for dessert, Strawberry Shortcake. 

One of our tea guests this afternoon was a lady 
from England who has been visiting this country since April. 
She is very thrilled -with New England and says that our trees 
and flowers are so beautiful. Since the wa |p, she_ says that 
England is slowly making improvements. She also said that 
the American hoys have had a great deal to do with the changes 
being made in her country. 

Wednesday, May 11, 19ii9 Cool and Sunny 

Hrs. Howe of Auburn, Massachusetts entertained 
ei^ty— six ladies at luncheon today. One of the club numbers 
brought with her a large white bowl filled with lovely blue 
iris and irtiite shasta daisies to be placed on the head table. 
Our own purple lilacs which are growing in profusion everywhere, 
were on all the smaller tables. After Ixincheon a long business 
meeting was held at the tables. 

An attractive green p<»ter has been left at ihe Inn 
i^ich we can not display but which is rather interesting beaause 
we have a fellow feeling for the town of Concord. The Concord 
Massachusetts Wcraaen's Club announces Ten Open fiouses on Saturday 
May liith. A notation at the bottom of the poster says "These 
houses open for this occasion only (rain or shine)." 

Thursday, May 12, 19h9 Cloiwly 

This was a kind of Merry-go-round day with one group 
after another keeping us in a whirl. It began at 8x30 in the 
morning v^®n several bus loads of sdiool children arrived from 
Palmer, Massachusetts. There were about one hundred sad fifteen 
stiuients. After they had be^i shown through the house we started 



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Thuraday, May 12, 19U9 (continued) 

getting ready for Mr. Frost and his group of eighteaa Insiirance 
salesmen ^iho were scheduled for luncheon proEiptly at 12 o'clock. 
In the afternoon the 6th grade teacher from Sedway, Mass* 
brought her class to the Inn for a historical tour. Then caiae 
Tea tine and the Dinner hour. Also the usual overnight guests. 
At ten o'clock the llerry-go-ro\md iras over. 

Friday, May 13, 19li9 Fair - Cold 

At nine this noming, a group of sixty school children 
under the (direction of Itrs. Marion B. Browi from the Lynn 
Junior High School enjoyed a tour of the Inn. 

A noon luncheon is planned for Mrs. Mildred Cooper of 
Newton, Massachusetts. This party of fifty ladies, all members 
of the "Dau^ters of the Colonial Vars" organization held a 
short business meeting, follaered by several Readings in the 
ffljiall Ball Room. 

Soon after Mrs. Cooper's party carae Mr. Philip Burt, 
with a group of thirty-two. This group were members of the 
National Association of Educational Buyers from Wellesley College. 
This group was served on the Poi^h. Later they were taken on a 
tour of the Inn. 

Saturday, May Ih, 19U9 Heasant 

A bridal party nuiabering one hundred and sixty-five 
sat down to a wedding luiKiheon served to then in the large 
Dining roan of the Inn. The bridal table was set for elev^i 
and attractively decorated with colorful spring flowers. 

Our bride. Miss Brennai, irais gowned in an attractive 
satin gown. She wore a lace Juliet cap with finger tip veil and 
carried a pra3rer book. The bride's only atteiKiant wore a peach 
colored satin gown and carried pale blue gladiola. 

After luncheon, the bride cut her weddii^ cake and 
\he ©it ire wedding party adjourned to the lajrge Ball Room iAbtq ' '"^t 
bride received her guests and dancing was enjoyed by all present. 


Week of Hay l5 - 21, 19k9 inclusive 
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Sunday, May 15, 19h9 Pleasant 

Dr. Huntley, one of the oldest of the 'fayside Inn 
Fraters, often journeys out to Marlboro on Sunday and cxmdactB 
the Sunday morning service of the Universalist Church there. 
Today, on his way hone, he stopped in for dinner and as usual 
had soBie thing of interest to contribute. He said that his 
fellow Bus passenger on the way to Marlboro ttiis morning was 
a young man itho, according to Dr. liintley, ims about twenty- five 
years old and "without benefit of many college degrees"! As 
•Uie Bus passed the Inn, Dr. Huntley volunteered to tell his 
co^)anion about the i^ayside Inn and how Mr. Longfellow had 
written a poea about it. Tou know," said the young man, "I 
have alvmja liked Longfellow. He wrote poems that ^m could 
understand. " 

Monday, May l6, 19h9 Cold and Fair 

Mr. and Mrs. Purcfy dropped in for breakfast this 
morning, quite unexpectedly, as this is !Ir. Purdy's day off. 
They were not going to stay long in Sudbury, however, but were 
on their way to IVhite Plains, New York, where Mrs. Purdy's 
niece is opaiing a dress shop. Mrs. Purdy was quite happy at 
the prospect of seeing the latest styles as well as having such 
a beautiful day in which to drive. 

Mr. and Mrs. Allmendinger ^ who registered Saturday 
evening from New Haapshire, seesaed quite interested in the 
Martha-Mary Chapel, and as soon as they arrived asked if they 
might attend the service in the Chapel Sunday morning. It 
Just so happened that a service was to be held and that the 
public was invited. TJiis morning the Allmendingers told us 
how iHUch they enjoyed their visit. It seems I^. Allmendinger 
came originally fjxna Dearborn and was a guide in the tillage. 
Seeing the Inn and our Martha-Mary Chapel was quite a thrill, 
to say noUiing of the fact that he was on his honeyEOon. 




Week of May 15 - 21, 19k9 inclusive 

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Tuesday, May 17, 19k9 Fair 

Thirty members of the Hannah Winthrop Chapter of 
the D. A. R. en;5oyed a luncheon on the Porch this afternoon. 
Their guest of honor was a very lovely young lady fran 
i^intbrop High School who had been chosen by her classmates 
and faculty as the D, A. R. representative. A ^ort business 
meeting was held after the luncheon. 

While the ladies were busily chatting away on the 
Porch, lir. Frost and eij^teen business associates had their 
l\incheon in the old dining room. This was the last of three 
special luncheon parties that Mr. Frost nad planiied and when 
he left he remained that when it was time for another special 
meeting he would be sure to recommend the Wayside Inn. 

Wednesday, !fey 16, 19h9 Very Warm 

A high wind liLew today which made the unseasonable 
beat a little more endurable. It shook out the bloasoBns on 
the ifiaple trees and opened Jie leaves a little more. The soft 
yello^.v greens of the fresh new foliage is a very lovely sight. 

Rov. Copp of the itemorial Cong^regational Church in 
South Sudbury came this i!»ming with six other men from the 
Y. M. C. A. in Newton and held a business meeting in the old 
Ball Room. Later the group came down for luncheon which was 
served on the Porxjh. Then they went back to the Ball Room 
again for more discussions of their many problems, '/ten they 
left Mr. Copp said it was the best m^iing they ever had and 
they all voted to coim here for future meetings as so much had 
been accomplished at tiiis one. 

An atifei^ctive blue and white pan^hlet has been left 
at the bar which is for sale to all who wish to know Where to 
Shop and ;ihere to Stop in Boston and along New England Motor 
Trails. It is published by the Viomen's City Club of Boston. 
Under Wayside Inn an interesting paragraph about the town of 
So\ith SiKibury is the followingt 

"The Inn made famous by Longfellow in his Tales of 
a Wayside Inn". Breakfast, Luncheon, Tea and Dinner are sejnred 
in a deli^tful Colonial atmo^here. Several old stage coaches 
and an oldr-fashioned garden are of interest. On the estate are 
also the Mary Lamb School and a Grist Mill where flour, ground 
in the old way, is available. Ovemi^t Guests." 

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Week of May 1$ - 21, 191^9 inclusive 

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Thiirsday, May 19, 19l49 Cloudy 

Three bociGlets of information are here in front of 
us as ire -arite, each contributed by a guest aiid each guest a 
person of resourcefulness and interesting acccaaplishiiient. The 
first is from Mrs, ISidccl nho conducts St, Hubert's School in 
our omm Sudbury. St, Hubert's i-ras originally a French Sc1k)o1 
located near Cannes. A refugee of the War, Mrs. Hucket camB 
to Sudbury in 19iil and has oince achieved a very fine reputation 
as headmistress of a unique experiment in education. The 
school gives a jrreat de?.l of individual attention to pupils 
bet^reen four and fourteen, both boy^ and girls. 

Next is an outline drawing of x-he familiar Inn sign 
incorporated on a pas^hlet describing Mr, F. W. Ritchcock's 
"Kinne Brook Antique Shop". Mr, Hitchcock -was a recent over- 
night guest and thoroughly enjoyed examining the old furniture 
here. The sign which Mr, Hitchcock uses for liis shop is the 
same design as the Inn sign and on the back of the leaflet it 
is explained in this way, 

"our sign, showi on the frontispiece, "was 
inspired by the sign hanging on "The Wayside 
Inn", aid may serve to guide you to our door," 

Last, but not least, is the announcement that 
Number 9 Knox Street, Boston^ is an eating place worthy of 
specdal attention. It is run by Mr. Edmund B. Stanley i^o 
told us the other day that he can accommodate about twenty-five 
meal guests in his little old liouse near the Statler Hotel. 
Dinners are served by appointment and the tables are set with 
old liiiglish pewter, KiiLves and forks are antique, too and 
the ^.ole atmosphere sheds a geraiine wamith of the olden tiiae 
upon its guests, 

Iftiique and flourishing enterprises, all of which 
have grown and developed under the direction of people who 
started with smpJll and original ideas. te are privileged 
to kiKw them. 

We^ of May 1^ - 21, l^l^^ inclusive 

Friday, May 20, 19li9 Pleasant 

The Jerusha roam on the second floor of the Inn 
was reserved tonight for Mr, and lirs. Addison S. Pratt of 
Hew Yoi^ niho arrived about five o'clock. This is a return 
visit as the Pratts were here last year and are again, this 
year, on their way to Sew Hampsliire, After dinner Mr. Pratt 
read the daily paper while lirs. Pratt got in touch by phone 
with Mrs. Burrage in '/eston. Mr. and Mrs. Barrage are coxa- 
ing up tomorrow morning to eat breakfast with the Pratts. 

Saturday, May 21, 19h9 Fair - Warm 

At 11:30 tliis morning Hiss Clara Sampson and 
Hr. George L. Shinn were married at the Martha-Mary Chapel. 
Miss Sampson, wearing a lovely gown of nhite organdy with a 
finger tip length veil was given in marriage by her father. 
Bbt attendants' gowns were of pale green organdy. 

After the guests had congratulated the bride and 
groom, a buffet luncheon of chickcai salad, rolls, ice cream, 
cake and coffee was served in the large ball room. 

Catching a gLicipse of the couple as they hurried 
from the Inn in a shower of confetti, we noticed that Mrs. 
Shinn was wearing a lovely beige gabardine suit idth matching 

ISfe^ of May 22 - 28, 19U9 inclusive 

Sunday, May 22, 19ii9 Cloudy 

A group of sixteen executives of the Socony Vacuum 
Con^>any arrived by bus for dinner today and after enjoying 
their meal, aesecabled in the Old Kitchen^ where^ arncmg primitive 
American furnishings, they were given a complete story of the 
Inn. After this they -wandered through the house intensely 
interested in cOTiparing early Aaserican furnishings with those 
of older countries. For instance, Greece, Egypt and Africa. 
All of these men were frran foreign countries and are touring 
America as guests of their eciployers, Socony-Vacuum. 

Another foreign delegation was seen with Mrs. 
Walter E. Piper of Sudburjr,who brought two girls and a boy 
ydth her for the noon neal'. These young people are repre- 
senting the Ur-U Clubs of the British Isles and ifill spend the 
next three months visiting li-H Clubs in the U. S. and Canada. 

Monday, May 23, 19h9 Warn 

Mrs. Elwell entertained a group at luncheon in the 
old dining room. One of the ladies brought scane piirple iris, 
which is now in its prime in every garden and arranged a very 
attractive center piece for the table which seated sixteen 

In the afternoon, Mrs. Coj^ the wife of Rev. Copp 
of South Sudburti brought her bi'other^Mr. Stanley Evans of 
Toronto, CanadS^ to see the Inn. He expreased great interest 
in the hoiise and was shown all the rooms from top to bottcMn. 

In the evening Rev. Ednard Nash entertained thirty- 
seVKa members of the Parson's Clidb at dinner > served on the 
Porch. The group adjourned afterwards to the Old Kitchrai for 
a business meeting. 

We^ of Bay 22-28, 191^ inclusive 

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Tuesday, May 2lt, 19U9 Pleasant 

A distinguisted visitor in town but not at the 
Inn as yet, is Mr. John J. Storer, noted authority on birds 
and author of a new book "The Flight of Birds." Mr. Storer 
is a brother of Urs. ^infred Rhoades and has been visiting her 
at "Lane's End" irhere she and Mr. Rhoades are now happily 
settled. It will be remembered that Ur. and Mrs* Bhoades 
spent a considerable length of time at the Inn a few years 
ago and have been •wana. and loyal friends ever since. It is 
gratifying to know they are now oiu" neighbors and we hope to 
have the pleasure of meeting Mrs. Hhoades' faiaous brother* 

Wednesday, May 2$, 19k9 Cool and Sunny 

This was a busy day for Barbara Eaton. In the 
looming she took two school groups through the house. Although 
she has been connected wi-Ui the Inn for so long, graduating 
from both the Mary Lamb and the SouUiwest Schools, this is 
the first time she was on her own, so to speak, and had to 
tell the complete story from start to finish twicel 

In the afternoon Barbara posed fbr Mr. Stewart^ 
who is here again taking pictures for the National Geographic 
Magazine. Seated in the parlor at the spinet, dressed in a 
very up-to-date gown which scaoehow looked old-fashioned with 
its high neck, long tight-fitting sleeves and full rfcirt, she 
will make a very attractive picture and a lovely one since it 
is to be in color. 

Later in the day Mr. Stewart brought several boys 
and girls over from Concord and posed them in informal groups 
on iiie lawn. Standing on the roof of his car he took pictures 
of thesa witii the Inn as a background. 



¥e«k of IS&y 22 - 26, 19h9 incltisive 

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Thursday, liay 26, 19h9 Pleasant 

ThB Waysider-crs grovc^ heacted by Professor Schelly 
have completed twenty ISinter sessions at the Inn and the 
Professor tells us that there will be an appropriate celebra- 1^ 
tion, probably in the Fall, The prof ©Mfir--ia5»v»iv_dflfia .___,--^ 'A ' 
not confine his visits to the Inn -daorfaigthe Winter aonth«. 
Tonight he arranged a dinner party here for his whole staff, 
the people who work with him at the Massachusetts Institute 
of Technology. There were about twenty - all nien except one 
young lady who served as secretary. After dinner, served on 
the pordi,^the group adjourned to Professor Schell's favorite 
room, the Old Kitchen, where repcarbs and stimulating conver- 
sation tooS place imtil eleven o'clock. 

Friday, May 27, 19h9 Pleasant 

The Martha-Hary Chapel was lifted by candles this 
evcming for the marriage of Miss Ruth WhitteacKjre of Concord 
to Mr. H. Did^t Joslin. About one hundred and fifty rela- 
tives and friends were invited to witness the cereawny. Most 
of the guests drove over from Concord juat as the sun cast 
long dark shadows on the grass and in the twilight walked 
from the Chapel to the Inn where, following the cereaaony, a 
reception was held. To add to the gaiety and festiveness of 
the occasion a trio oDmposed of violin, piano and cello furnish- 
ed appropriate nnisic and accc^^anied the bride and groom as 
they danced a waltz. The traditional cake was cut in the 
traditional manner and the happy couple "escaped" by way of 
the narrow staircase leading from the Bar ro<M. They had 
hopped into a waiting car before most of the guests knew what 
was happening, 

Saturday, Kay 28, 19h9 Pleasant 

Nearly two hundred people from Needham, Mass. came 
over to the Martha-Mary Chap^ this afternoon to witness the 
marriage of Betty Tates to Courtaiey 1. Sheldon. A reception 
followed the ceremony. The Buffet table was set up in the 
large Ball r<xffli and amply supplied with Assorts Sandsdches, 
Ice Cresus and Cake. The Bride's cake was placed in the 


Week of lay 22 - 20, 19h9 inclusive 

Saturday, Magr 28, 19h9 (continued) 

center of the table and iras cut by the bride and groom and 
distributed among their guests. Several were seen carrying 
a piece of the cake home, piiesiij-iably to "sleep on". This 
couple mil nake tlwir home in Watertom?^ ?Ie-.T York. 

Later in the evening a large and very lovely 
dance dance was held in the Ball room by members of the 
Saiior Class of Anna Maria College in Marlborou^. 

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Week of May 29th - June lith, 19h9 

Sunday, May 29, 191*9 Pleasant 

This holiday ireek-end has been unusually pleasant 
in the way of weather and many tourists fJrom out of state as 
well as many from Massachusetts visited the Inn for the first 
time. Among those from our own state was Mrs. Vera dtevena 
Duncanson of Lowell who is a third cousin of Henry W, Long- 
fellow. Her grandmother, Julia Wadsworth, was a first cousin 
of the poet and entertained him in her house at New Marlboro, 
Massachusetts )Where she was bom. Julia nsarried a Mr. Stevens 
and they went way out to Iowa to set up housekeeping. 3even 
childi'en were bom and all were sent to college from the Iowa 
farm. Mrs. Duncanson has a candlestick iriiich she cherishes 
very much. It was used by Mr. Longfellow when he visited his 
cousin in New Marlboro. 

Today we heard the story of two ladies who visited 
the Irm recently upon the recomendation of a Bus driver. T h© 
ladies asked the driver if he knew of some nice place where 
they could go and spend the day in the country. He suggested 
Wayside. After having dinner, walking to the school house, 
resting under the trees and seeing the house thoroughly, the 
two returned to Boston. But the story does not end there. 
The unusual part of it is the fact that the ladies, upon their 
return to Boston, waited at the Bus terminal until that particu- 
lar Bus driver who had recommended the -^yside Inn, came back 
to headquarters. They wanted to tell him how much they appre- 
ciated his advice and said they had enjoyed themselves very 
Bmch indeed. 

Monday, May 30, 19l*9 Cold - Sunny 

This holiday week-end has been a busy one for the 
Inn in all departments. All our rooms were taken, many people 
came for meals ^ and we had a great many sight-seers as well. 

Rather than turn a young man away, who came with a 
fri«id on tto^fer bicycles, we had to let one of them sleep in 
Parsons' ro<»n on the second floor. Mr. Parker and Mr. Grougeyn, 
thereupon tossed a coin to see who would have to sleep in the 
canopied bed. They both appeared quite satisfied at the out come 
and after the bus bo/ had shown the way to the boiler ro<Ma, where 
they were to keep their bicycles they settled down forthe night. 



Week of my 29th - June Uth, 19ii9 

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Tuesday, Hay 31» "^9^9 Heasant 

We are having ideal weather for our vieitors^nrtio 
are not coining one by one but in large groups. Kany clubs 
and church groups and such are having their final meetings 
of the y^&c and niah to celebrate idth a luncheon or dinner. 
Consequently every day brings with it a group or groups. 
Today we entertained fifty-three people, all ladies who are 
in Boston attending a convention of Food Service Equipment 
coicpanies. It was a warm day and their luncheon of Stuffed 
T<HQato with Chicken Salad was an appropriate one. 

A letter frora Mrs. ^falter C. Tong, wife of a 
minister, came in the mail today and expresses sincere appre- 
ciation of our courtesy to members of the clergy. Mrs. Tong 
writes that they were here with four missionaries from India 
and says that "we felt that you had a share in this thrilling 
occasion with us. iVe all thank you for your generosity." 

Vednesday, June 1, 19U9 Cool 

Mr. and Mrs. tif. D. Alexander of Bowling Green, Ohio, 
visited the Inn today. Their small dau^ter, ldcol6:iwas with 
them and all i^jpeared very much interested in the house and 
asked many questions. During the conversation, Mr. Alexander 
said that he played the violin and whan told that we had two 
fine ones here and that wie of them belonged to Ole Bull he 
was anxious to see them. The large mahogcny case was brou^t 
out and Mr. Alexander reverently lifted out one of the violins - 
and after a little tuning began to play the Air on the G String 
hy Bach. Nicole listened to her father as did several other 
guests who were attracted hy the full rich tones jHhich were 
brougtit out of the old violin filling the low ceilinged rocm 
with its music. 

Thursday, June 2, 19h9 Fleasant 

About noon time word caae that Mr. WaddeH was on 
his way to the Inn and for a few minutes we held on to the 
hope tliat Mrs. Ford mif^t be with him. Shortly, however, we 
were welccHsiing llr. v*addell not with Mrs. Ford but with two 
of iier friends, Mr. Talbot and his son. All ordered lunch 
and while waiting for Mr. viaddell and Mr. Purdy to go on a 
kind of inspection tour, Mr. Talbot and son were given a 
complete tilp around the house by one of the hostesses. Tlwy 
even saw the thiz^ floor roams. After lunch they motored to 
some of the points of interest outside and soon were on their 
way back to Boston where Mrs. Ford is attending the annual 
i«»eting of the Faz% and Garden Association. 

Week of May 29tti - June Uth, 19^9 
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Thursday, June 2, 191*9 (continued) 

In the dining roon this noon were Mrs. Charles 
Idndberg and her mother, Mrs. Horrow. Thay were motoring 
"torough" and it secaod to give Mrs. Lindberg a great deal 
of pleasure to sit at the very same table on our dining 
porch nhere she and Charles had sat several years ago* 

Friday, June 3, 19U9 Pleasant 

A thin, ndddle-aged ivoman approached the desk 
this evening and asked for a rocra for herself and mother. 
Unfortunately our overnight rooms irere filled but after 
some conversation a room was found at a tourist hoane nearby. 
Further conversation resulted in the discovery that our 
guest was Joy Buba, a sculptress who lives in New York and 
has done soae really fine pieces of sculpture. She also 
paints and usually spends the Suiamer painting landscapes 
and seascapes along the New England coast. Miss Buba and 
her mother lingered until long after daric and premised to 
come back again. 

Another distinguished guest today was Judy Garland, 
screen actress who came for tea with her inanager and his wife. 
Kiss Garland is in Boston for a rest and treatments at the 
Peter Bent Brigham ^fospital. 

Saturday, June h, 19k9 Pleasant 

A gay reunion of a class of girls who graduated 
frcrai the Fraiainghaaa Normal School forty yecTs ago was held 
at the Inn last evening when fifteen gathered for the 
reunion dinner. One long table, decorated uLih flowers and 
tapers, was arranged on the pordi and all the "girls" seeraed 
to enjoy renewing old friendships and talking over happy 
school days. Mine of the group stayed overnight and this mon>- 
ing were on their way to present-day graduation exercises at 

Another college party was held in the Old Kitchen 
this evening when ei^teen women professors from Wellesley 
College gathered here to honor two of their number *o are 
sailing for islurope. The usual red table cloth was used and 
Miss iiliiitingjWho made the arrangements^ brought appropriate 
place cards and other table decorations. Two beautifully 
wrapped packages were placed in front of the honored guests. 

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Vmk of June $ - 11, I9h9 inclusive 

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Sunday, June $, 19U9 Very tsiarm 

A delightful group of yoimg people were here for 
dinner today and we learned that they are attending an 
International Youth conference. Miss Fisher foimd out that 
one was from Turkey, one from Crreece and one from Norway* 
The boys in the group are living at Harvard College and the 
Kass. Inst, of Technology while the girls are staying at 
Hadcliffe Collece. 

This might well be an appropriate day to mention 
the death of one of our dearly beloved friends, Dr. John 
/ ' — g an ^ haick of the Fraters f-roup and author of our book, 
•V TheCkracters in Tales of a .Vayside Inn. Dr. John passed 
away in ^kashington on May l6th and his loss will be felt 
deeply, not only in Universalis t Church circles but in 
many other religious and social welfare organizations. For 
many years he was editor of the Christian Leader, m at 
the Inn will always rcaeraber him for his great kindliness 
and friendliness to all whom he met. v?e can see him now, 
speaking with much warmth of spirit to perfect strangers 
here at the Inn, telling them about the Inn and making theia 
feel comfortable and at home. FJis generosity spread itself 
in many directions and in a quiet way he contributed much 
to the happiness and welfare of other people, financially 
and in other ways. The Inn and all of its inhabitants have 
lost a true and loyal friend. 

Monday, June ^, 19li9 Hot 

C^ hundred and seventy-five luncheons were served 
tod^ to the Viines and^jirits wholesalers of Ajnerica. The 
headquarters for this group is in 3t. Louis, Mo. and most 
of the people had never been as far east as New England. This 
was their 6th Annual meetiiig. 

Two attractive young women registered this evening 
from Philadelphia. They were Dr. Brown and Dr. Schegll. As 
they were driving along en route to Boston one of them happened 
to read an article in Hie June Better lion^s which mentioned 
several places to spend the night in L'lassachusetis. The ;i«a2'^ide 
Inn being one of t^em these t'liro doctors decided to try and get 
a room here. One of them was looking up a prospective job and 
said we would surely be seeing her again if she decide d to take 




Week of June 5 - H, ^9k9 inclusive 

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Monday, June ^, 191^9 (continued) 

We were so glad when someone called to our attention 
a charaiing picture of Ilenxy Ford 2n<^and hia little daughter 
Ann^in yesterday's paper. They are at a party in Detroit which 
was ending the dancing school year. They both seem to be 
enjoying the dance, a waltz perliaps, and little Ann is very 
earnestly going throu^ the steps, one snail hand as hi^ up 
as she can reach to her father's shoulder* 

Tuesday, June 7, 19h9 Pleasant 

It was a treat for us as well as for the forty boys 
and girls who caae from New London, Connecticut today to have 
luncheon in our large dining room. They were High School boys 
and girls who had saved their pennies for many a day to take 
this all-day Bus trip to the tiayside Inn. And after luncheon, 
as we were telling them about this old Inn, they listened 
attentively and their attitude was one of real appreciation. 
Other guests in the house remarked on the good behavior of such 
a group and it was a pleasure indeed to have them here. .'*e 
were niuch impressed that each and every one had volunteered to 
pay his own way and felt that a trip to the vayside Inn was 
"worth it." 

Wednesday, June 6, 19ii9 Very Cool 

Three school groups came this morning, one from 
Dover, one froia North Reading and the third was the sixth 
grade j^wr 3outh 3udUiry. -fp ^A. 

About seventy Mutual Fann Underwriters had dinner 
today at 12 J 30. First a meeting was held on the lawn where 
chairs had been placed in a sunny spot out of the wind. 

itllfrod Allen, one of our Boys 3chool Graduates, 
who owns the Country Store in South Sudbury; pitvudly brought 
us a copy of Yankee Magajsine for ^une. Cn^ the cover is 
printed in large type "$li.U9 Started His Country Store." 
Inside are several pictures and the article frtiich tells how 
iiilfred stai-ted in 19J43 by making rocking horses. He 
increased his stodc always having items of interest for all 

Week of June 5-11, I9h9 inclusive 

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Wednesday, June 6, 19U9 ^^'^ 

'^ Wednesday, June 6, 19U9 ^r**' ^^'^ ^^^^ 

ages, adveiiiising conai«*iy in one nationally known publica- 
tion and most important of all keeping a friendly attitude 
to all-comers. Tb© final paragraph reads as follows: "He 
takes the time no raatter Iiow busy he is, to make you feel 
at home, to ansrror your questions and to let you know, 
whether you buy or browse, that he is glad you stopped in 
and he sincerely liopes you will drop in next time you are 
in his vicinity." 

Thursday, June 9, 191*9 Pleasant 

Eastern Star "iitellarettes" dined at the Inn 
this evening - twenty-seven of them and while they were 
eating Lobster Newburg and iloast Lamb, one of their 
nujsber played sweet music to thera on an accordion. The 
melodies drifted across the meadows as the afternoon sun 
cast long shadows on the grass and soTDe of it floated back 
into the old dining room and other parts of the house whore 
it was enjoyed by the Inn family and other guests. 

Friday, June 10, 19^9 Pleasant 

In the Kiidst of so many luncheon and dinner 
parties and school groups we do not want tiie readers of 
the Diary to forget our overnight guests who continue to 
come, mostly around five or six o'clock in the afternoon. 
Already sonie of our oldest and best friends who spend their 
Stmmiers in I^ine have male their annual or saai-annual stay 
for one ni^it on their way to caiap or cottaje. For instance, 
Mrs. Thorner who owns a large Juiscner caiap for over one hundred 
campers dropped in the other night on her way back to ^ew Jersey, 
ohe had been 'j^ to Maine to supervise the opening and cleaning 
f^ of the buildings. And incidentally told us about her ti^ip to 

Honolulu last Cnter. She said tiiat a waitress at the Royal 
Hawaiian Hotel had paid her the greatest con^liiaent she ever had, 
in her life. The young jjirls whispered in Mrs. Thorner' 3 ear; 
"I like you becaise you make me feel hurnanl" Needless to say 
Mrs. Thorner has a lovely personality and we are always glad to 
welcome her for ar* overnight stay. 



tfo^ of June $ - 11, 19U9, inclusive 


*^\ Friday, June 10, 19l9 (continued) 

Others on thetr way "down" from Maine were Jar. and 
Mrs. Sasniel Fox of Philadelphia who are building a cottage 
on Mt» Desert Island near Bar Harbor. They lingered long over 
the coffee cups at Breadfast to chat about the color of tlie 
new house and itt^delightful location on a wooded point which 
juts out into the ocean, ^p 

Saturday, June 11, 19U9 Pleasant 

A four O'clock wedding in the Chapel kept the whole 
staff busy in preparation for a Buffet Tea which foU.owed the 
ceremony. The bride was ?i;iss Janet Velsh and the groom Mr. G. 
Jaiass Owen. Ninety-three people carce fi*©/!! lioston and vicinity 
to congratulate the couple who looked unusually happy, we thought. 
The bride fras smiling continually while the groom just beamed at 
his cherming new wife. He wish Mrs. KLint was here to tell you 
what the Bride wore, but it seemed as njf no bride ever looked 
prettier* And the Bride's mother was pserfectly beautiful in a 
long pink taffeta gown which looked like strawberry ice cream. 
About six o'clock there was a creat cormnotion at the front door 
and the happy couple departed. 

Another happy couple were Kr. and Mrs. Andrew Lang, 
married in 'Worcester this afternoon and here at six-thirty for 
a ."'edding su|>per which consisted of Lobster Newburg and other 
delicious disJ^s. At least the Bride's toother who was sitting 
at the head of the table expressed her appreciation of the food 
and said it was all very good. The bride and groom were too busy 
looking at each other or talking to their guests to tell ua what 
they thoiight abcnat the foodl ikwever, they seemed to enjoy their 
wedding calce which literally towered above theia and they cut it 
in the usual fashion with photographers taking a few raore than 
the visual number of pictures. Altogether it was a very busy day. 
Next week we will vnrite about the //ellesley College festivities 
^ which have brou^t many young people and Biany smaller parties to 
our Inn on this week enA* 


W«ek of J^ine 12 - X8, 19li9 inclusive 

a* X <** 

Sunday-f June 12, 19U9 Pleasant 

Many pretty srotmg girle croNded into the house 
today acco3ii$>aziied 1^ pzxmd parents and admiring escorts. 
Host of them ir»re sweet girl graduates of vVellesley College 
ifi.iki fessily snd friends from a distance, Iiere to congratulate 
them up<m four ^nears of college Kork and to attend the e.Kdrcl3es 
of the Graduation ne^-end* Today was no exception to the 
traditional fair June weather and the girls looked beautiful 
in becouBBdug ::iuianer attire. Several parties consisting of rooia- 
mates entertaining their parents were held. These numbered froaa 
eight to eigjrteen and the long tables were very gay. The Childs 
from Morxdsto-»n, Hew Jersey have been staying iiere for several 
days to witness the grad)iation of their daughter ft>oin Lasalle 
Seminary. Mr. and Mrs. Sels from Milwaukee came on Friday and 
ntpeot to stay until next Wednesday, tiiey liave a ''twin'* daughter 
graduating from .vellesley. 

Monday, June 13, 19h9 Wana 

All our rooms were taken last nlg^it, reservations for 
Iffaieh had been made a year ago in Jime 19li.6. This was the time 
of Ctsraencement at Vellesley College. Another year has rolled by 
and t^e girls are again graduating and tlieir parents are staying 
here so as to attend the festivities. 

One father with tiiree fine sons spoke of sailing down 
from Btoine In his yacht on one tack all the way. If this fine 
weather holds they will be sailing through the canal tonight on 
their way hcrae ^x> ^a^etteville. New York, after seeing their 
sister graduate. 

ttc*s. George Ciirrier had luncheon today with seventeen 
other ladies from Worcester. Dr. CJ^jrge Currier who was here in 
South Sudbury and left during the war to ;}cin the Navy, is now 
stationed at the State Hospital in Worcester, They are very 
happy in their new hosne and have tvio childreai* 



Wi»ek of Jiine 12-18, 191.9 incl. 

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Tuesday, Jmie lU, 19U9 Pleasant 

A convention of Railroad uroxicers is being held in 
Bosttm and today the wives who accompanied their husbands to 
the gather±ag were given a luncheon at the Inn. Five big 
busses brought the group of one liundred and fifty to the Inn 
and luncheon was served at one o'clock. The women were from 
all parts of the United otates arid were guests of the i!ew York 
Central :-ystea. They partook of a Baked Ham luncheon serrred 
in the large dining room after which Uiss Staples told them 
about the Inn and #iat it means in the history of Asserica as 
a cherished Aiaerican tradition. 

Another i/ellesley party was held this evening in 
the Old Kitchen • One cf the graduates entertained family 
and friends in the old pine -sheathed rocra where all Joined 
in singing «- a beautiful blending of voices both young and 
old# In fact tlie singing was enjoyed by all of our guests, 
those eating in the other dining rocans and those aho dropi>ed 
in just to see the house. 

Wednesday, June 1$, 19k9 '^Jevy '^aia 

The heat continues and no relief is in si^t fzroa 
drought which is causing a serious fire hazard throughout 
Ksnr England* 

One of our new hostesses, Borotl^ Hamilton, who 
lives in Sudbary, missed her bus today and rather than wait 
an hour and be late for w>rk, walked all the way to the Inn 
1*1 ich is over two miles. Her only comfort in the heat was 
an ice cream cone vshich she said she thought she deserved* 

Bexbara Eaton came in to say goodbye as she is to 
be a hostess in Ilozth Ctonway, New Kai^) for the sTanmer. 
She looked very cool and pretty in her glazed chintz dress, 
straw sandals and bag to match. 

Week of Juzie 12 - 16, 19ii9 incl* 
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Thursday, June 16, 19iS Pleasant 

The children from the Mary Laab School house held 
their last dancing lesson of the school year in the large Ball 
room this afternoon. This marks the closing of school until 
Septeaaber. Parents and friends were here to see the little tots 
Sfdng their partners in tiie old square dances or gracefully lead 
their partners in a fautiliar waltz. This last class is al-^rays a 
treat for those wiio cooe to see the children display their dancing 
ability under the able direction of Mr. Haynes. Last Tuesday the 
Mary Laiab children had their annual picnic at IJorumbega Park 
accompanied by Ifrs. Bennett, t^ieir teacher, and Mrs. Purdy. 

Friday, June 17, 19h9 Pleasant 

Although June 17th is Bunker Hill Day in and around 
Boston, it is not considered a legal holiday. However, the day 
seemed like a holiday at the Inn as far as being a busy one was 
concerned. An extra lot of twenty-one people from Birmingham, 
Alabama caae with the regular Gray Line Patrons in theij:' busses 
which arrived in time for luncheon. These were Birmingham Rotarians 
and they were a very nice, interested group of people. 

The fourth grade from the «arren School at iVellesley 
came to see the house and were conducted through by one of the 
hostesses. The school children this year have been unusually 
well behaved and it has been a pleasure to have theni here. 
They have been orderly, quiet and attentive. 

Saturday, June 18, 19h9 Pleasant 

The large dining room was decorated with red z*oses 
today for the wedding luncheon of Miss Margaret Nersesian of 
Walthem. The wedding party and about one hundred guests aarrived 
at eleven o'clock and the guests were received in the large 
Ball Boom. A three-piece orchestra played sentimental tunes as 
the bride and groom escorted their friends to the large dining 
room idiere a Bride's table 5?raited the wedding party upon which 
towered a beautiful wedding cake. After ihe luncheon the cake 
was cut and distributed to the guests. Then the company returned 
to the Ball Boom where dancing was enjoyed until the h«^py couple 
departed. They kept their guests waiting anxiously at the front 
door irtiile thej planned an escape from the rear. JHowever, they 
finally appeared in view of the crowd and everycme had a chance 
to give l^iaca an appropriate send-off. 

lllFeek of June 19 « 25, 19h9 inclusive 
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Sunday, June 19, 191*9 Very Warm 

We felt flattered to find Judy Garland among our 
guests again today and to learn that ahe was again desirous 
of having afternoon tea here. It was about two weeks ago 
that she canie to the Inn for the first time and upon her return 
visit today she was accompanied by her small daughter, about 
three years old. Both mother and child were dressed alike - that ' 
is, their dresses were cut alike and made of the same material* 
When the hostess remarked on the attractiveness of such a combi- 
nation, Kiss Garland said l^at ^e personally did not care for 
the dress but that her daughter had chosen it and she Just had 
to wear iti m dont know exactly how long Miss Garland is to be 
at the Peter Bent Brigham Hospital in Boston but we hope that ahe 
will cooe out to aee us again before returning to Hollyirood. 

Another interesting guest today was Mr. Hentzelman of 
^arblehead, Ii>!a5sachuaetts i^o is the Keeper of Prints at the iiioston 
Public Library. Both he and l^rs. Hentaelman were charming people 
and we enjoyed hearing about their newly acquired old house in 
Marblehead which they are restoring to its original condition. 

Monday, June 20, 19li9 Mckt 

Tim drought together with intense heat and high humidity 
continues. The leaves of one or two young oak trees have started 
to shrivel up which the treeman inf oras us is not a disease but 
;}ust lack of water. Mr. Clarke has had to resort to watering the 
old-fashioned garden with the hose, pumping water frotn the Jose- 
phine Pond. 

School groups continue to come almost every day and the 

one vdiich came today, the 5th and 6th Gn-ides from oouthboro, was so 
well beliaved that one of the guests spoke of it and complimented 
the teachers. 

The American Express CJorapany came on their first trip 
with a group of tweity-eig^t. They are scheduled to come regularly 
through the summer. 



Week of June 19 - 2^, 19ii9 inclusive 
- 2 • 

Tuesday, June 21, 19li9 Very i^arm 

lleyerend and Mrs. Hale from Pramin^iain Center had 
as their luncheon guest this noon Kiss Jean Cay, Executive 
Secretary of the Congregational Vcwaene Federation of England 
and '<ales* Miss Cay was a charming, vivacious young mnsan 
and very enthusiastic about the Inn and its old English-like 
furnishings, ohe is an official delegate to the International 
Congregational Council meeting at .ellesley College. 

Mr. and Mrs. £• Vigi^ron spent the night here last 
night and ivere ready to leave fox" Cambridge at an early hour 
this morning where they will see their son receive his diplcwna 
from the Harvard L'edical iichool. Mr. Vignex*on modestly con- 
fessed that he t hought a Medical degree was the highest, finest 
award a boy coxild receive. We could see that the Vignerons were 
very proud of their aon. Other proud parents were a Mr. and 
Urs. Hale k^o were accompanied by a very handsome son in military 
uniform. They whispered to the hostess that son had Just received 
his degree from i^est Point. 

Wednesday, June 22, 19ii9 Rain 

The first rain in twenty-five days fell today helping 
a little to revive the droopinc flowers and parched grass. In 
the afternoon, however, the skies cleared and it is Just as hot 
and humid as before. 

This was very foz*tunatejas in Cambridge everyone was 
anxiously hoping for a pleasant day. Commencement exercises 
were held in the afternoon for the Harvard graduates. Proud 
mothers and fathers brought their sons later to the Inn for 
dinner. One family group of fourteen was that of Mr. and Mrs* 
Duncan^our friends of long standing. 

A letter from Mjps. Mellinger expresses her pleasure 
in her visit to the Inn. Everyone here enjoyed her stay and 
hopes she will come again soon. ?fe are looking forward to 
hearing the Freedom Story which she is sponsoring here in New 

The Summer Bulletin of ihe Arlington StreetChurch in 
Boston lists its ministers and among them is the Rev. Max A. Kaj^, 
or» of the Fraters from Canton, New York who will preach on July 

?feek of June 19 - 25, 19ii9 inclusive 
- 3 - 

^ Thursday, June 23, 19U9 Cooler 

Mr and Mrs Franklyn McCormick of Framin^iaa Centre 
came over for dinner last Tuesday evening to celebrate their 
twenty-fifth wedding anniversary. We think it Important to 
record the event ^even though late, because the McCormicks spent 
the first night of their honeymoon here tirenty-five years ago, 
occupying the Longfellow room. Tuesday they brought a lovely 
cake with them which was shared at dessert time with a few 
family and friends iriio made up the party which honored the 

Mr and lira Charles '/«• Fisher of Chicago are here 
again to look up more data on the Parmenter family of nhieh 
they are members. Two years ago they visited the Parmenter 
Sisters house and tomorrow they plan to see the original 
location of the Parrr^nter Garrison house. They are on their 
way to Boston to attend a reunion of the Eaton family to which 
"Uiey also belong, 

Friday, June 2h, 19U9 Very Warn 

This was a lively day in spite of high temperatures 
which nomally slow down our activity. But there were many 
people travelling and by dinner time oixr overnight guest 
rooms were filled, Anwng those vrtio occupied a room on the 
third floor were Mr and Mrs Stahl^ on their way home to New 
York 1 after spending a two weeks vacation in Rockport, The 
Stahls stopped here on their way to the North ^hore and right 
away they fell in love with the Inn, So they said, and wrote 
us from Rockport engaging the same room for the return trip. 
They are interested in cultural tMngs such as designing and 
painting and they were intrigued with Rock|>ort which is full 
^ of artists In the Suimaer time, ^ie should add that the Stahls, 

VEpon arrival at the Inn this afternoon, said they they felt as 
if they were coming "home," 

The ToamB on the second floor of the Inn with connect- 
ing bath, were occupied tonight by two Thompson families, 
ThCTipsons from different parts of the country and in no way 
related. They were perfect strangers. It ^ust happened , 


Week of June 19 - 25, 19ii9 incl* 
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Saturday, Jui¥b 25, 19U9 Very Warm 

This was a day of days with the temperature rising 
to the 90 degree mark vriiile four weddings were scheduled to 
take place in our Martha-Mary Chapel. We should say three 
weddings in the Chapel and forir wedding receptions. This 
meant intensive preparation by our staff under unconfortable 
and trying conditions. But at the end of the day the concensus 
of opinion was that it had all gone like "clock work." 

The very first couple to be married in the Chapel 
were Ann lQ.chel8on and Hany Ellis of VJellesley, Ifassachusetts. 
She was the coolest looking bride of the day being gowned in 
fluffy #1 ite marquisette and her bridesmaid in the same thin 
SuEjmer material of lavender color. The ceremony was performed 
at eleven o'clock in the morning in the presence of thirty-six 
friends and relatives. They waited until twelve o'clock to 
be served a Wedding luncheon on the dining porch of the Inn 
vhich was decorated with pastel shaded garden flowers and the 
wedding cake. 

The next c»uple were married in the city earlier in 
the day and motored with their friends to the Inn for their 
reception. The bride, }'±as Usarie Paul^was dressed in cream 
color satin and her attendant was also in satin of the same 
lavender color as Hies Micheleon's attendant. This reception 
was held just at noon time when the sun was shedding its warrti- 
est rays end the luncheon planned was not conducive to cooling 
comfort. Hot soup was placed on every table in "Uie old dining 
room as the fifty-seven guests filed in. Chicken Pie followed 
the first course with Baked potato. Carrots and Broccoli. But 
the Ice Cream for dessert was received with ;5oy and the catting 
of the wedding cake isede a happy and successful ending to the 
i^ole affair. 

After luncheon the staff iRBnediately began preparing 
for the third wedding T*iich was that of Miss Lois Kendall of 
Sterling, Massachusetts and Malcolm J. Piafa . This bride was 
also gowned in proverbial i^ite satin and again the attendants 
were in lavender dresses. The little flower girls were 
especially sweet in long hoop-skirted gowns like the |prown-up». 
The reception for seventy guests followed the ceremony in the 
Chapel and the large Ball room was decorated with June roses 
brought from the bride's hon^. This couple will taake their new 
home in Worcester. 

Week of June 19 - 2^, 19U9 incl. 

Saturday, June 2$, 19li9 (continued) 

Last but not least was the late afternoon wedding 
of Miss Doris Sistrand and Lieut. Mansfield SBGith ifeich took 
place in the Chapel at five o* clock. The reception for 
about sixty guests vas held in the small Ball room which 
was beautifully decorated '«ith garden flowers, skillfully 
and artistically arranged by, Flint who came for the day 
to "help us out". Two large bouquet© and an abundance of 
gz^en was used to transform the old Ball-room into a gracious 
drawing room which might have been in the bride's own home. 
The Buffet Supper consisted of Qiicken Salad and Ice Cream 
and cake served Buffet style. The Punch Bowl was especially 
popular and had to be refilled frequently. 

Quests, staff, brides, attendants, flower girls, 
in fact everyone suffered today with the abnormal tei!5>erature. 
Nevertheless it was a happy and successful day and most 
important of all was the fact that the Inn shared in the 
memorable events which started four lovely coi^lea on their 
way towards a long and happy life together. 

Week of June 26 - July 2, 19h9 inclusive 

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Svmd&j, June 26, 19U9 Fleasstnt 

Miss Hamilton, iriio is helping us in the Hostess 
department for the Suimer, is due back tomorrow after 
having a fevr days aeige of German measles. Mrs. Swanson 
at the Country Store also has the measles. 

Dr. and Mrs. Thompson from Rochester, Minnesota 
were here yesterday with their son -Hho has Just graduated 
from Harvard. The son is Luther Thompson irtio was on his vVA^ 
to Sturbridge Village where I^ is taldjig over the position 
of Curator. We are hearing a lot about Sturbridge Village 
these days and have followed its develojHBent for the past 
several years. It was founded by Albert and Cheney Vltells 
of the American Optical Company who, like Mr. Ford, made a 
large collection of early Americana and have now incorporated 
it in an early American village. The Thompson "boy" seemed 
rather young to be taking over such a responsible position 
but he has a fund of knowledge on antiques and historical 
subjects. Sturbridge is about sixty miles frcm here. 

ISonday, June 27, 19li9 Warm 

An east wind late in the day came as a welcome 
relief to the heat which has been continuous for weeks. 
Bain, however, vtiich is needed so badly, is not predicted. 

The American Sjqpress Company brought another 
group of twenty-one for luncheon and the Gray Line brought 
the usual number of sight-seers ?*io were looking forward to 
eating at the 'i^ayside Inn. 

About seventeen boys in uniform with their trousers 
tucked into their boots carae from Ford Devens to see the Inn* 
iie thcnight they were paratroopers but were told this was the 
regular An^ uniform. 

Mrs. Monroe, irtio has charge of various religious 
activities in Hewtony brought a young HoiTregian couple to 
dinner. They had just been married and are planning to go 
back to Norway very soon. It seems they had been most 
helpful itbmi Mrs. Monroe's son was killed over there and she 
wanted to repay some of their many kindnesses. The quiet 
dinner at the Inn topped off with a bride's cake was greatly 
fi^preciated by the bride and groom. 

THE miSim INH 

Week of June 26 - July 2, 19h9 inclusive 

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Tuesday, June 28, 19h9 Pleasant 

i^e i^ent a good deal of tiine this evening with 
Mr, iiVeiss from the Silveimine Tavern in Nonralk, Connecticut. 
Silvermine is a fantous old place and is furnished with antiques. 
The dining rocwa overlooks an old Mill stream where many ducks 
are seen for the entertainment of luncheon and dinner guests. 
Silvermine also accomnodatcs about fbrty ovei^-night guests. 
Mr. ieiss is the owner and told us that he came vcp here for 
the main purpose of visiting the Country Store. lie pliuis to 
open one at isilvennine within a year or two. We were sorry 
that all of our rocxas were filled this evening and we had to 
send our distinguished guest to Mrs. Gould*s Tourist (k>rae 
for the night. 

Wednesday, June 29, 19U9 Warm 

A Dr. and Mrs. Palford of Sacramento, California 
were among our luncheon guests today. One member of their 
party told us that ?^s. Palford' s aunt, Mrs. Day, lived in 
the jiiouse in Detroit irhere Mr. Ford built his first car. 

A young man giving his name as 55cKinley irtien order- 
ing his luncheon informed us that Mr. Kenry Wadsworth Long- 
fellow Dana had sent him to the Inn. He lives at Dr. Dana's 
house, is going to Harvard and '^rriting his Ph.D. thesis on 
Longfellow. Naturally he was intensely interested in the Inn 
and spent a long tiiae in the parlor after lunch. 

We know several Bowkers and recently Dudley Boidcer 
spent his honeymoon here. Tonight the Gordon I^owkers carae to 
diroiar as this is their wedding anniversary. Three years ago 
tliey spent their honeymoon here. They looked very happy and 
told us proudly about their baby and the new house irtiich Gordon 
designed and vriiich they hope to build soon. 



fm Misim im 


of Jime 26 - July 2, 1914^9 inclusiv© 

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Thursday, June 30, 19li9 KLeaaant 

Mr, and Mrs. Bea Lovett surprised us this noon time 
by coBdn^s down from New Hamj^Mrc to have luncheon with a 
Ur» and Mrs. Freeman from Dearborn. Th© Freemans are newly-weds 
and were married in a church near the Martha-Mary Chapel In 
Greenfield Village. Mr. Freeman was a guide in the Village and 
knew the Lovetts when they were there. The Inn nsade a very 
appropriate see ting place for the group and Uiey were all interest- 
ed in Rooking around the house. The X^etts know imny of the 
peraonell^frofii "way back" and always have a chat with Agnes, Lena, 
Mas Fisher and others. They are spending the Sujsaaer in Hew Han^ 
shire where they b^ve a camp. 

A little girl with her sraall brother attracted our 
attention this afternoon and xie stopped the little j^rl to adndr© 
her hat. It was pale blue with a visor which nearly covered her 
pale blue eyes. Across the front of the hat wsa written with 
thread "Logan, Utah". i3he told us that her home was in Logan but 
that she was spending several months in Boston. :^lien asked if 
she liked New liiigland, she said "Tee, lauch better timn the lest**. 

Friday, July 1, 19h9 Very VTarra 

We are preparing for the holiday week-end which will 
undoubtedly bring a great many tourists to see the Inn. Due to 
high tesaperatures laany are on their way from inland cities to 
the sea shore resorts. Aiaong those who spend their Suitffiiers in 
Maine are the Fos: family from Philadelphia. Tliey arrived last 
evaiing with two of their own children and a small nephew and 
his laother. The Foxes make the Inn a bl-annuel stopping place 
on their way to and from Maine. 

Cook* 3 Tour were on their regular sche^ile today and 
brought thirty-nine people for luncheon. They start out from 
Hew York on iiunday and after touring through New Jiigland return 
to New Tork Saturday evening. 

Mother to smell daughter t4io is writing in note bookt 
"Tou didn't spell "historical'* right. You've written f^terical 
furniture i" 

Week of June 26 - July 2, 19h9 incl, 
•» ll •• 

Saturday, July 2, 19l;9 Very .Varm 

This Saturday Beeiaed relatively quiet nith 
only one wedding scheduled for this aftemooii. The 
cercsaony was i^erforraed in the !iartha-?.^ary Chapel at 
one o* clock by the Reverend Hale of Framingham from 
which place the bride, Miss oally Albert, came with 
about thirty-five of her friends and of course - the 
grooajJ A reception followed the ceremony in the 
small L^l room of the Inn. Tliis was decorated with 
greens and lighted tapers. Guests were asked to sign 
their names in the "Bride's Look" and then form a line 
in front of the Buffet table where sandwiches, ice 
creasi and cake were served. 

Our old friend of long standing arrived 
today for the first visit of the season. This was 
the Tauck Tour and as usual their coach load of 
people were all happy and well organized. tTack 
O'Brien is the Tour conductor asain this year and 
brought cordial and friendly greetings frcaa Mr, Tauck. 

IKiek of July 3-9, 19h9 inclusive 

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Sunday, July 3> 19U9 Very ^p» 

Thia has been the hottest Fourth of July week-end in 
many years. Tourists of every description and from every 
comer of the United States have been flocking into the house, 
nK)st of them looking very warm and weary. Sight-seeing is not 
the coolest sport and driving on the higjnray is not the very best 
nay to escape the heat. Ibwever, we were glad to welcome the 
little bunches of shop workers, store clerks and other 
people who were trying to have a good time over their lioliday 

Among those carrying a large handkeixhief with which 
to mop his brow, was Mr. L. M. Hixon from Chicago who flew into 
Boston last night with two young ladiea. He told of selling an 
old hickory spring to L'r* Ford ^fdiich is now in the Museum at 
Dearborn. It was made ^itirely of wood and used in an old 
"buck-board" wagon. Ur. Hixon said that he was not only paid 
for the spring in dollars and cents but was given a very nice 
set of chairs as well. This rax>e old spz^ng was uaed by 
Ur. Hixon *s grandfather. 

Monday, July U, 19k9 Hot 

Very warm traditional Fourth of July weather prevails 
today. The drou^t continues also and dust is thick on the -frr^'T/ 
side roads covering the weeds and low bushes with its gray / \ U^ 
powder. The sheep are having a hard time to^find" saaiething green ' 
to eat and the oats planted in the fields nearby are dry and 
yellow to the roots. 

We have been watching a f aaily of phoebej^jt under the 
eves on the back porch "WtiBve the father and mother built a nest. 
Four little babies finally appeared snd are getting aruch too big 
for the nest - in fact one of thea fell out today. Mr. Coiilter 
picked it up and put it back with its brothers and sisters to 
wait until his wings get big enou^ for him to fly. Both the 
parents anxiously watch over their brood, feeding tliem anall bugs 
which are plentiful. »Vater, which is not so plentiftil kas been 
placed in a shallow dish for their use. ^ 

Week of July 3-9, 19h9 inclusiv© 

Tuesday, July ^, 19U9 Very lam 

The heat wave continues but we are too busy to pay 
much attention to it* And that ia probably the main reason nihy 
we are keeping relatively cooll Anyway the National Education 
Association is meeting in Boston with 10, OCX) teachers present. 
Consequently there are hundreds nho are anxious to visit all the 
historic places in this vicinity. They are coadng here in small 
groups, in large groups and individually. Tlae regular Gray Lin© 
Tour has put on extra busses and many Bostonians are bringing 
their school-teacher friends in private cars. They are mostly 
women and practically all are from western and southern areas. 
The Kary Lamb School house has become a sort of shrine this week. 

The above rcsninds us that we had a letter from Miss 
Martha Hopkins recently and she idshed to be remembered to all 
of her .Sayside Inn friends. She was the first teacher in our 
little Mary Lamb School. As present she is visiting her niece 
in New Tork but makes her year-round home with a very old and 
dear friend in Bangor, llaine. 

Wednesday, July 6, 19U9 Cooler 

Dr. Huntley's Jovial anile appeared suddenly among 
the strange faces at the bar. Much to our delight, he said 
Mrs. Phmtley was with hia and might he have a chair for her 
to sit in on the lawn irtiile he and two other friends went up 
to the Country Store. All our lawn chairs were occupied at t^ie 
moment but Mrs. Huntley was soon comfortably ensconced in another 
brought from the house. Due to a broken hip she does not get 
around quite as easily as her husband. 

Rev* and Mrs. Barber were Dr. Huntley's guests. Elsie 
Oakes Barber is the author of a recent book "The Trembling Years. " 
She is a victim of polio herself and J»r book is about a girl called 
Katl^ Stona suddenly struck down by infantile paralysis and her 
conquest of physical pain. A review of the book in the July Christian 
Leader says "All men and women uho a.e called "cripples" can be 
helped by reading^'Tlie Trembling Years* and many so-called normal 
folk who suffer periodic attacks of self-pity should read this book." 



Tfedc of July 3-9, 19U9 incliiaive 

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Thursday, Jioly 7, 19li9 Very Warm 

A chanaing '7ar bride visited the Irm today with her 
husband ^Corporal McGandless>>of Fort Devens. The corporal fouiKi 
h5uB bride in Trieste and took her away from her native city, 
family and friends to these Un5 ted States -which she says she 
likes but added in brokeji SigLish "I do hqpe to see my family 
again soire day." Speaking of our United States, it seems that 
Trieste has never been united. It is a city composed of all 
kinds of nationalties and has changed hands so many times that 
one hardly knows to what country he or she belongs. It is now 
a Free StateJ the paretty blonde told us today and she was bom 
in Trieste when it belonged to Italy. She is therefore an 
Italian. Bat her father and mother were bom there when the 
city was Austrian. They are Austrians. ȴe coiild sympathize with 
this sweet, yxnmg foreigner in a strange land and tried to make 
her feel that there was friendliness and warmth in this old Inn 
to "srtiich she could return at any time. 

Friday, July 8, 19h9 Very Warm 

The heat wave continues and there is not a cool spot 
to be found. Inn personnel and guests alike are suffering. 
But the guests continue to pour in and today two tours were here 
besides the regular Gray Line. They were Cook's Tour from New 
York and the Miller Tour from Chicago. 

A Mr. Rogers made a pleasant remark as he was leaving 
the Inn today. Ife was with his wife and three children from 
Illinois. He said: "Tou know we think it was worth the whole 
trip just to see this place." 

Mr. Johnson iras here for dinner toni^t with his 
wife and a guest from Hew Hampshire. In fact the Johnsons 
are now living in Hew Harapshire^aving bought a house near the 
Ihite Mountains. ^ are interested because we knew Mr. Johnson 
long before he was married. He used to come here way back when 
Mr. Ford first took over tte Inn and has heen coming off and on 
every since. He always speaks appreciatively of the Inn and 
seems to ©ijoy its quaint and homelike atmosphere. 

We^ of July 3-9, 19ii9 inclusive 

Saturday, July 9, 19U9 Very lara 

A "reiy pretty, small, informal "wedding took place 
in the Kartha-Mary Chapel this aftemoou for Miss Wolin and 
William C, Drake. The bride was gowned in proverbial white 
satin and made an imusually pretty picture as she posed for 
photographers in front of the fireplace in the old Ball 
Room ndiere a reception was held following the cerCTiony. 
About fifty guests were present and looked on while the bride 
and grooia cut the wedding cake. Not long afterwards the bride 
threw her bouquet and the happy couple departed for a wedding 

Another wedding, larger and nore f onaal, was held 
this evening with one liundred guests witnessing the ceremony 
uniting Peggy Hicks and Howard M. Dean in marriage. The 
guests walked down from the Chsqjel to the Inn at Just about 
dusk and congratulated the coiq>le in the large Ball Room where 
the reception was held. Sandwiches, punch and ice cream were 
served^after which this young couple departed in the usual 
r<mantic way. 

Htmk of July 10 - 16, 19U9 inclusiv© 

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Sunday, July 10, 19h9 Very 

In almost every Diary of the paat few v/eeks wb 
hsw nentloned the laz>ge numbex*s of people who are coning 
to th© Inn during these LiuaiHer days and wb have tried to 
give a picture of the aen, irojBen and children iiho poiir in 
and out the front door. If the reader could see thea he 
would be sure to aak - ".fhere do they all ccane from?" So 
today we have examined the Register book and have emde a 
liat of the different states represented. Ker it is - 

New Uexico Maine ^-^' 

California Illinois 

Indiana Connecticut 

Texas l^evada 

Pennsylvania Michigan 

Oregon Tennessee 

Minnesota ilisconsin 

District of Columbia Rhode Island 

Monday, July 11, 19U9 ^fferra 

Tlie American iilxpresa Companyj as usual on Mondays, 
brought a group of tourists for luncheon ntuobering forty- 
three today. l!r. Goopton was in charge and the menu consisted 
of Cranberry Cocktail, Chicken Pie and Layer Cake, The first 
question Mr. Coo^ton asked, very anxiously, was "That layer 
ca^ce is on the menu, isn't it?" He was quickly reassured on 
that jx)int and after lunch one of his group was lieard to remark 
•♦That is the most delicious cake I ever put in wy mouth. My 
Grandmother used to make cake like that." Just be^J^eavini; 
!:r. Ccffispton said, "They are still raving about that cSceT" 
Mrs. Haki should have been here to hear sll the co:^liinents as 
a reward for her efforts. In her quiet, unobtrusive way she 
is one of the most faithful persons here. 

Week of July 10 - 16, 19U9 inclusive 
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"^ Tuesday, July 12, 191^9 Pleaaant 

One long table stretched along the left hand side 
of the old dining room this evening and wag set with twenty 
places for the wedding party of Kiss Eva Bujt^ss of ''Marlboro. 
The bridal couple were rriarried at the minister's house in 
llarlboro earlier in the evening and then drove down to the Inn 
with their friends for the wedding dinner which consisted of 
Fruit Cup, Turiccy and Ice Cream and Calce, A lar^e Bride's calce 
decorated the center of the table and greens were placed around 
the cake and festooned to the two glass candle sticks on either 
side of the cake» It was a pretty jjarty and very informal. 
Everyone seemed to have a good time and the usual f\in and gaiety 
surrounded the happy couple as they departed for their honeymoon. 

Wednesday, July 13, 19U9 Rain 


Today is very muggy with the long awaited rain 
falling intermiti^ntly throug}i the day. It will help some — 
wliat to repair the daniages of the drought but a great deal more 
is needed. 

A young boy came to the bar today and asked the hostess, 
as he showed her a very efficient-looking scout tci^f e fastened to 
his belt by a very nice hand'-made lanyard, "Am I required to turn 
this in or can I keep it on the Isuriyard while I go through the 
rooms?" uhen questioned further, after being assxired it was all 
right to keep tlie knife with him, he said, "Oh I I thought you 
might think I was gping to hack things up!" 

Thursday, July lii, 1919 Some Rain 

We mentioned Mr. Johjason in the Diary of last week 
and how he has been cosing to the Inn for a very long ticre. He 
was her© again last evaiing and for the first time in twenty-five 
years or nore we discovered that lar. Johnson is quite a distinguish- 
ed guest. Ke told us ihat he is the Baker Play nan. Most of us 
remei'iber the Baker Plays in an era "wrtien young people entertained 
themselves at home by "putting on" a play. The little broam paper 
covered books were ordered from i3oston and rehearsals began on such 
a play as "Best Food Forward." 


Week of July 10 - 16, 19lt9 indueive 
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Tuesday, July 12, 19li9 Pleasant 

One long table stretched along the left hand side 
of the old dining room this evening and wag set with twenty 
places for the wedding party of li!iss Eva Bui^ss of '.'Marlboro. 
The bridal couple were narried at the minister's house in 
Marlboro e«Trlior in the evening and then drove down to the Inn 
with their .friends for the wedding dinner which consisted of 
Fruit Cup, Tui^ccy and Ice Cream and Calce, A large Bride's calce 
decorated the coiter of the table and greens were placed around 
the cake and festooned to the two glass candle sticks on either 
side of the cake» It was a pretty jjarty and very informal. 
Everyone seemed to have a ^ood time and the usxial fun and gaiety 
s\irrounded the happy couple ba they departed for their honeymoon, 

Wednesday, July 13, 19U9 Rain 

Today is very muggy with the long awaited rain 
falling intermitt^tly througli the day. It will help some — 
wiiat to repair the datvmges of the drought but a great deal more 
is needed. 

A young boy cane to the bar today and asked the hostess, 
as he showed her a very efficient-looking scout tcixife fastened to 
his belt by a very nice hand*-made lanyard, "Am I required to turn 
this in or can I keep it on the lanyard while I go through the 
rooms?" ihen questioned further, after being assured it was all 
ri^ to keep tlie knife with him, he said, "Oh I I thought you 
aight think I was Qolng to hack things up!" 

Thursday, July Hi, 19l9 Some Rain 

We mentioned Itr. Johjison in the Diary of last week 
and how he has been coming to the Inn for a very long time. He 
^ was here again last evaiing and for the first tiiae in twenty-'five 

years or nore we discovered that Mr. Johnson is quite a distinguish- 
ed guest. Ke told us that he is the Baker Play man. Most of us 
reiae.";ber the Baker Plays in an era iriien young people entertained 
theiaselves at home by "putting on" a play. The little brown paper 
covered books were ordered from Boston and rehearsels began on such 
a play as "Best Food Forward." 




Week of July 10 - 16, 19h9 inclusive 

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Thursday, July lit, 19h9 (continued) 

Baker's Plays are still being played among professionals as 
well as amateurs. The niain office is atill in Boston and 
Ur» Johnson is still the player in chief. Re told us last 
evening that he has published over one Taillion and a half 
plays. He has branch offices in Franklin, Ohio, Denver and 
in Hollywood. Incidentially^ he mentioned the fact that he 
is driving his 23rd Ford product and is very much pleased 
with it - a Idncoln. 

Friday, July 1$, 19U9 Muggy 

A man from Ohio spoke to us today about the old 
glass on esddbition behind the Bar and he -was also inter- 
ested in the age of the Sandwich glasa lamps in the Bar Koom 
and Parlor. He told us that he worked in a class factory and 
had been looking at all the old glass he could find in New 
England* He knew, of course, that glass was siade in Ohio in 
the eighteenth century and that sctne of our finest specimens 
of antique i^lass is the old Ohio glass. 

The overnight guest rocnss are filled practically 
every night and tiiis evening many were unable to get accommo- 
dations here* They were sent to Mrs. Gould's Tourist Home 
in the village and after getting settled there and after 
'hmshing up" from their day-long trips, they casie back to the 
Inn for dinner. They will probably appear in the morning again 
for BreaJcfast. "They" are the typical Junmer tourists, working 
people taking their ^inual vacations and it is doing a real 
service to accoimnodate then with good food, clean beds atid - 
a smile i 

Saturday, July 16, 19h9 Very warm 

The marriage of f^tiss Dorotl^ Dames and Walter 
Willian liarvej took place this afternoon at four o'clock in 
the !!artha-Mary Chapel with forty-five friends and relatives 
present to witness the ceremony. The bride's home is in 
Fort iidward, New Tork and her parents were here well in advance 
of the occasion to see the Chapel and the Ball-room of the Inn 

HiBdc of July 10 - 16, 19h9 inclusive 

Satiirday, July 16, 19li9 (continued) 

where the reception was lield. The father and !»>ther were 

very mich pleased that their daushter had chosen this spot 
as the setting for her wedding and were loud in their praise 
of the seirvice rendered thoa by the use of all the Chapel 
and Inn facilities. Tiie whole affair was carried out with a 
great deal of simplicity in accordance with the bride's wishes. 
She was gowned in idiite satin while her one attendant wore dark 
blue and white dotted Swiss, an unusual yet effective contrast 
to more formal attire. 

Tauck Tours came today with forty-two people in their 
long blue and buff- colored coach. They had the usual conducted 
trip through the house and ate lunch in the old Dining Room. 


Week of July 1? - 23, 19^49 inclusive 
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Sirnday, July 17, 19li9 Pleasant 

Every now and then through the Siuaraer we see Mr, 
Parker of Parker Tours in the crowd of Susmner tourists, Vje 
never know just when he is coming or how many people will be 
in his group. Usually only five or six. But being a man of 
unusually large proportions and very jolly, Mr, Parker ©ijoys 
a good hearty ineal at the Inn* We generally see him going into 
the dining room or cominc out of it and today was no exception, 
lir, Parker greeted us with his gracious smile and introduced ua 
to his assistant manager froa New York, 

The Reverend Charles '/, F, Smith of t?ellesley was 
among the dinner guests this noon and we always enjoy meeting 
this tall, gray haired Jcjiglislinan, He speaks with quite a 
pronounced English accent and with great sincerity of tone. 

Monday, July 16, 19h9 Muggy 

We woke up this morning to a world iihitQ with laist. 
This soon disappeared, however, when the sun rose higher and we 
knew we irere in for another hot, sticky day, 

Mr, and Mrs, Purdy started on their vacation this 
morning and we hope they can escai)e some of this heat at their 
camp in Maine, Mrs. Maki, Wlss Ryan, Mr, Coulter and Mrs. Stone 
are also away enjoying vacations for varying lengths of time. 
A card from Mrs. Stone says "I am getting a real rest." 

The Kings arrived from New Canaan, Connecticut? to 
spend the ni^it in their favorite Garden room, 

Vrsm Sohier lelch brought a guest to take a hurried 
tour throu^ the Inn before boarding the bus for Boston. She 
was introduced as Princess Helcne, but even after she registered 
as Princess Ilelene Bison-Courlande we are still in doubt as to 
her nationality. 

Week of July 17 - 23, 19U9 inclusive 
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Tuesday, July 19, 19k9 Pleasant 

Taxick Tours are running a "double header" for six 
weeks and today brought thirty-four in ttieir party. Tliis 
Tuesday tour is in addition to the Saturday tour and is cor>- 
ducted by Mr, Stainbeck, Tlie Saturday tour is ably liandled 
by Jack O'Brien* 

This year the regular Tauck Tour leaves New Xork 
on Monday rooming and goes up through Connecticut and New 
Hampshire to Vermont, Then the big Motor Coach leaves the 
TrShite l&juntains and crosses the border into Maine, One 
night is spent in Portland and from tliere the tour reaches 
Boston on Thursday night. Two days are spent in sight-seeing 
and eating around Boston, After a trip to Lexington and 
Concoiti on Saturday morning the group arrives at the Inn for 
luncheon. Their time here is spent in taking a conducted 
tour through the house and in eating at especially reserved, 
tables on the Porch or in the Old Dining Room. Tliis Ihiesday 
tour is given the same attention as the Saturday tour. The 
only difference is in their itinerary -which is run in reverse 
of the Mond£^ to Saturday schedule Just recounted. 

Wednesday, July 20, 19h9 Very Hot 

After the extreme heat of the day, towards evening 
the sky becsE^ very black and the wind rose and finally the 
long awaited rain casKJ falling dovm. Such a relief I It 
was such an unusual sight as well that we went out doors to 
look at it and to feel the coolness and let the raindrops 
fall for a mcwaent on our hands and faces, 

Br, ffimtley is here spending a few days. Due to 
the drought the wild flowers are very scarce but he has pre- 
sented us with a very fine chart containing 98 varieties of 
wild flowers in color -^ich we shall enjoy looking at. Dr. 
ifemtley's bouquet this year is a bunch of black berries which 
seem to thrive in the dry heat in U\e field by the Mill. 

^ch to our airprisejat the unusual time of five 
o* clock two Gray Line buses drove up. About sixty people came 
out of the hot city to enjoy the Inn and a cool ride in the 
country. Our friend, Geoi^e Pearson, was the guide for one of 
the buses, which held a group of blind people and their teachers, 
There is a convaition in Boston for teachers of the blind. 


Week of Jholy 17 - 23, 19149 inclusive 

MB ^ «• 

thursday, July 21, 19U9 KLaawoit 

Ifeder the directicoi of the Hew York Central Railroad 
System twoity people carae on from points i/est and were dinner 
guests here thia evening. Tbds was really a treat for these 
fam people, moat of whom have never been to Boston or to 
Hew Eii^and before. Such a rocaa as the Old Kitchen would cer- 
tainly bring to their minds the sturdiness of the pioneers who 
later wont on hy covered wagon to settle in their own western 
states. But this was the besinnin^;. Vfe hope that the pictiire 
will be carried back to many western firesides arxi during the 
\finter will be pcmdered on and thought about as one of Aaeriea's 
great traditions. 

Friday, July 22, 19li9 ^ery tIaxA 

We have had several days of intense heat with -tiie 
humidity soaring to high levels. Today a Mrs. Miller, who 
cane on the Grey Line Tour, was overcome by the heat and 
asked if she might stay here overnight. The thought of re- 
turning to Boston on the Bus was not a pleasant one after she 
had been slightly revived. Consequently she "todk" the .?ales 
ro<»B and was niade as comfortable as possible by the District 
Nurse who caaae to take her tonperature etc. Away from her home 
in ijashington and on a rather long and extended trip by herself, 
Mrs. Miller felt that she had been taken sick in just the ri(^t 
place 1 i'tie hope She will feel better in the morning. 

Cook^s Tour arrived as usual for luncheon and the tall, 
good-looking young man who is the Tour Escort for the season said 
that everything was very satisfactory. 

Saturday, July 23, 19h9 Very Warn 

Our patient, Mrs. Miller, is feeling better and ejects 
to return to Boston tomorrow on her way back to /Vashington, She 
says that in spite of her "\^set" she regards this experience at 
the iVaysidc Inn as the really high spot of her vacation. She has 
been to Mova Jcotia and Cape Cod. 

The Saturday Taudc Tour came as scheduled today and 
numbered forty^two persons. This tour together with the Tuesday 
group made a total of seventy-five Tauck Toui^-ers this week. 

ISieek of July 2U - 30, 19U9 inclusive 

^ Sunday, July 2li, 19U9 Pleaaant 

Ifrs. Carrie Stone^vho takes care of the doim-stairs 
rooiuk returned from her vacation today. She spent it on Cape 
Cod with her dau^ter^-srfio was once upon a tiae a pupil in the 
Mary Laznb School. Ur« Ford, liien visiting the sdiool, took a 
kindly interest in the child and sent her to the Ford Hospital 
in Detroit for treatment, lira. Stone has been forever grateful 
and takes a great personal interest in her tiork here for that 

Urn* miler, our house guest and victim of heat pros- 
tration, was quite herself today and felt well enou^ht to return 
to iBoston by Bus. Before leaving >-Srs. Killer walked down to the 
Uaxy Lamb Schoolhouse and when peeking in the window to see the 
old desks, she overheard a small boy ask his Uother why tiiere 
was a rail around three iLdBa of the teacher's desk. Mother 
replied "ATiy, that was to keep the apples from roUins offl" 

Monday, July 25, 19li9 Cloudy 

Another day of high humidLtyl There are clouds in 
the sky but - we are told - this does not mean rain. 

An amusing letter arrived recently. from Dr. Huntley, 
addressed to President Harry d. Truman, The KLair House, 
Washington, D» C* It begins: 

"Dear Harrys lour telegram is just at hand. It 
is mighty white of you to ask me to share that 
w^k-end cruise with you, the Missus and J.!argaret, 
but I must beg to be excused. You see, I have Just 
had my vacation, having spent four and a half days 
at the ancient .iayside Inn out in Sudbury. I wish 
you coiild have been with me for there's the place 
for a good, jolly experience. 

The house was built in I683 and the massive beams 
are as firm as ever. As the English would say, 
the place is "crowded ^^Ith antiquity." One of 
your predecessors, s'/ashington by name, stopped here 
to be fed and regaled. Lafayette slumbered on the 
second floor. Mary brought her little lamb to a 



Week of July 2U - 30, 19h9 inclusive 

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Monday, July 2^, 19h9 (continued) 

near-by school house and his descendants still wander in the 
field. Longfellow sat often by the tremendous fireplaces and 
let his fertile imagination run. Henry Ford bought the estate 
and delightfully developed it. 

You ought to have been with me, Foodl Delicious 
and abundantl CoiapanyJ Tharongs of men, women and children 
from all parts of Aaerica and some from other lands, etc. etc." 

It is impossible to quote the whole letter which 
closes - " /ihen can you ccmc? My b est to the First Lady and to 
the rausical Margaret. iVith all good wishes, dear Pal, I am, as 
in olden days, George E. Huntley." 

Tuesday, July 26, 191*9 Pleasant 

Mr. Walter Fletcher of Guilford, Connecticut visited 
the Inn today and told us that his first trip to the Inn was 
when he was five years old. He came with his father and grand- 
father by stage from Boston. That was the time when the great 
oak tree was a popular attraction with its dark hollow trunk in 
which people could hide. The soall boy was urged to go inside 
but felt terribly frightened to go alone into the large, spooky 
crevicsi. Finally, Mr. Fletcher told us, his father thr«i sorae 
pennies into the tree and the little five-year old went in after 
themi The tree is still standing but the romance of its hollow 
trunk ended when tree experts came to fill it in with cement. 
It remains a kind of shrine, however, for i^eople like Mr. Fletcher^, 
who remember it as an especially attractive feature of a visit to 
the ;*ayaide Inn. 

Tauck Tours brought twenty-four people today on their 
"reverse" Hew iiJngland tour. 

Wednesday, July 27, 191*9 Temp. 97® 

Cards from various people away on vacations include 

one from Krs. Purdy shewing a picture of Readfield, Maine. She 
says "This is where we do laost of our shopping." One from. 
Mrs. Flint spending a few days in York Harbor, Maine and with 
a picture of an old jail says: "I am not staying here J" Mrs, 
Berjaett who is spending a few weeks with a sister who is ill 
in Westerly, Hhode Island viirites "lie are near the ocean so get 
a sea breeze." 


Week of Jiily 2li - 30, 19k9 inclusive 

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iVednesday, July 27, 19U9 (continued) 

^ lira. Braicer sends us a card from Winchendon, Massachusetts > irtiich 
ecgrst** fie had to come xnp this vay so are staying here at Toy 
Towi Tavern." 

Visitors of all kinds *Lth varying backgrounds continue 
to come to admire the Inn as well as for sentiraental reasons. Like 
Mr. and Mrs. I'rank L, Thayer of Athol, y^ssachusetts, viho came because 
this is T*iere they did their first courting. Another visitor iias a 
man from the National Art Gallery in vYashington who was interested 
in the antiques and inquired about dates of vario\is articles. 

Thursday, July 28, 19h9 Very i^aia 

A gentleffnan with a decidedly foreign accent net one of 
the hostesses in the hall today and throwing his arras into the air 
e^tpressed with nunerous adjectives such as delightful, enjoyable 
and chanain,"!, his appreciation of the Inn, The hostess caught 
"delicious" too and as our guest opened the screen door to depart 
called back - "Spiritual food, but yes - both kinds J" 

A desoure little lady with a large hand bag was seen 
around noon time walking through the rooms and apparently having 
a good time looking at all the various objects* She stayed quite 
awbile and ujxjn leaving pointed to her bac* "Ive got it full of 
stones which I'm taking to my young nephew" she said, "and I'm on 
my way now to the Mary Lamb School where I hope to find a few 
stones in the school ;^^rd to add to the collection." No wonder 
the bag looked large and heavy and the little woman slightly fatigi»d, 

Friday, July 29, 19li9 Very .?ana 

Ife are in t!^ middle of another heat wave and everyone 
is conqplaining about the high humidity and wondering if we will 
ever feel cool again. Three women drove down from rAainc today - 
'■''^ or should we say "up" from JIaine because you always go "down" 

there - anysray, the three ladies were not anxious, because of 
the heat, to go to their rooias which they had reserved f«rr over- 
night. So they sat until quite late in our easy chairs on the 
front lawn. During the evening one of the group came into the 
Bar Room to buy post cards and we noticed a pleasing odor about 
her. Also a little ring of smoke curling around her left earl 
She was carrying a lighted Chinese punk. Such a long time since 
w© have seen or used one I And several other guests in the roc»a 
looked at it with quite a bit of curiosity and some recalled the 

Heek of tfuly 2I4 - 30, 19h9 Inclusive 

Friday, Jidy 29, 191*9 (continued) 

the screen-less porch era when no one sat out-of-doors in 
the evening without his lighted punk which he twirled 
around in the air to ward off mosquitoes. Our guest said 
that she purchased the punk in New York's Chinatown* 

Saturdu/, Jvly 30, 19li9 Very Warm 

Because of the heat, most of our overnight guests 
planned to be up and ar,fay before Breakfast so that they 
could get a lot of driving done in the cooler part of the 
da/. The three ladies asked to be "called" at six o'clock 
and Rev, and Mrs. Donald Hoyt - he of the Myslde Inn Frators 
group - planned to get a very early start on their three 
hundred and sixty raile txrlp to their hoiae in Hochester, New 

Mr* Clarke of the outside staff told us an amusing 
story about a car which drove up to "Wie Inn about seven-thirty 
this raoming* Mr* Claiice was Just coming tn ^rork and noticed 
that the car was loaded with baggaee and one passeiqjer, a raan. 
The laan stoj^)ed his car in front of the Inn, i;jot out and as 
Mr* Clarke said "looked the place over". It happened that 
two middle-aged ladies were standing on the front step. Tlie 
loan turned to Hr* Clarke and said "They look like 1686 all 
ri^tl" Then he Jumped into his car and drove off. 


Week of July 31 - August 6, 19ii9 inclusive 

Sunday, July 31, 19U9 Cloudy 

f$e had an indirect but more or lees personal 
contact with Mrs. Harry 3. Truman today nheax two of her neigh- 
bors from Independence, Missouri visited the Inn. The tiro 
women were guests of Mrs. Glasier from Vfestboro and they ^)oke 
very highly of our First Lady. They said she was always con- 
sidered one of the finest girls in ttieir town and they were 
very much pleased with the recent account in "Life" magazine 
which showed pictures of the old fasiily homestead in Indepen- 
dence. They said she was the daughter of very lovely parents 
and granc^arents. 

Late this afternoon a delegation of tirent3?wfive 
Ri^ School girls came to see the house and told us that th^ 
are working this Sunnaer in the tobacco fields near Amherst, 
Massachusetts. They were transported from their homes in 
Florida to this state by the Ckmsolidated Tobacco Ck>ii^any 
liiich owns about 3^00 acres of tobacco. 

Monday, August 1, 19h9 Bot 

Chicken Pie and Cocoanat Layer Cake were aM>ng the 
items chosen by the American Esqpress Company for their luncheon 
today. Thirty-seven people cane in the bus with their 
hazidscnae young guide in attendance -Mr. ZoUner. 

Ur. and Mrs. Chesboroug^ and Mrs. William Baird Lowe 
of Detroit had dinner last nig^ and aftenmrds asked if t h«gr 
might see a letter written by Luigi Monti, the Toung Sicilian 
in Tihich he mentions the marriage of his daughter, ELena^^, to "^ 
General di Ma;]o who was aide->de-C8mp at one time to His Uajesty 
the King of Italy. After reading the letter with keen interest 
Mrs. liOwe informed u« that she is mentioned on page 57 of Dr. 
▼an Scaick*s "Characters in the Tales of a Wayside Inn." 

There we find her letter to Dr. van Schaick which 
begins! "Tour articles in the "Christian Leader" <wi the Wayside 
Inn are most interesting, but especially so to me for I once 
met one of that charming coterie of men. This was Signer Monti 
at the Hotel Victoria on Lake Como, Italy, in the suamer of 1913. 
Signer Monti's daughter was also thex^ with her tall^ handsome 
huaband • - She made friends with my little daughter. She after- 
ward told me, I have always wanted to meet a dear little American 




HMk of J\ily 31 - August $, 19h9 indusivB 

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Monday, August 1, 1^ (continued) 

girl because xs^ ctother nas one** (Hiss Parsons) This led to a 
friendship that has lasted through the years, 

■Si^or Monti and the general have both passed away, 
but KLena di ¥a^o still lives in Rome, Italy." 

Tiaeaday, August 2, 19U9 Very Waim 

The Cax-ton T our from Chicago was attached to the 
regular Gray Line tour today making an additional thirty-five 
guests for luncheon* 

The Tauck Tour caae on schedule, arriving prc»aptly 
at lit 30 o'clock* After a conducted tour of the house, the 
thirty Tauek-ers sat donn to luncheon on the Porch* 

Mrs* Powell from Concord mm a dinner guest this evening 
bringing awMries of happier days when she and her husband used 
to eosMi here* Mr. Powell passed away suddenly, about two years 

Wednesday, August 3> 19lt9 Hot 

Thirty-three people, doctors, niirses and patients 
frwB the Institute of Living in Hartford, Connecticut wi joyed 
a trip through the Inn today. This tirae it was hard to tell 
yti ieh were the patimits* They must have been those who were 
(piite far aloog on their road to recovery* 

The Rev* and Ibrs* H« W* Arthur of Worcester caine for 
dinner and we noticed Mr* Arthur carried a cane and had a 
decided limp. At dinner he asked for a chair and sat with his 
leg propped up in it* It seeas Mr* Arthur, who, by the way, 
was connected with Tremont Ten^le at one time, was run over by 
a truck and is just now able to get around. He is now minister 
at the Lincoln Square Baptist Church in Worcester* 

An interesting over-night guest was Mrs. C^gomery 
Bare iriio brought with her a French maid, Gabrielle Bonchereau, 
by name. After the loaid had brought down "her Lady's" dinner 
tray she went back iq>8tair8 with a cheery "bon soir". 



HMk of July 31 • August 6, 19lt9 incluwlTe 

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Wednesday, August 3> 19U9 (e(»itinued) 

Mrs* Johnson and three young girls, also oyemlght 
guests, came back from a trip to the Country Store full of 
enthusiasm. She said "We had such a nonderfal time up there 
and we found some Fonnosa Oolong iriiich I haven *t been able to 
get since before the tiari" 

Thursday, August li* 19U9 Very Warm 

Recent overnight guests were Mr. and Mrs. Einar Austeen- 
sen of the Nonrogian Delegation to the tMited Nations. 

Speaking of distinguished guests, we have learned that 
our friend Jyxdy Garland has returned to Hollywood* Consequently 
we will probably not see her at the Inn again for sometime* 

A recent guest ^preached the hostess and said, "Tou 
know that ouch has been written about the little red school 
house but very little has been said about the little "read" 
teacheri " 

Friday, August $, 19it9 Vtiy Warm 

We were privileged t€»dty to meet Mr* Charles F. Newton 
of Alhambra, California n^o told us that his father had attended 
the Hary Lamb school and knew !Jary Sawyer* Kr* Newton is vislt*- 
ing his sister in Worcester and after walking over to the school 
house he expressed great pleasurs in seeing the little red 
building for the first time* Mr. Newton *s father often spoke of 
his school days in Sterling and it has been Mr. Newton's ambition 
for many years to come to the Wayside Inn and see the famous 
school house. 

Cook* 9 Tour arrived as usual about noon time and twenty- 
four hungry tourists enjoyed luncheon on the Porch. This group 
was followed by a party of thirty wranen from the National Educa- 
tion Association* 


Week of July 31 - August 6, 19h9 inclueiYe 

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Saturday^ August 6, 19h9 Pleasant 

A morning wedding ima arranged for the 2iartha«>l{ary 
Chapel today and took place as planned at lOiOO o'clock. 
The bride ivas Miss Nacy H. Archaiabeault of Eolyoke, Massachu- 
setts and the groom tms Mr. Lindsey Chilson of Springfield, 
Massachusetts. The usual display of nedding floivers, cake 
bridal veil etc. was dispensed with at the request of the 
bride who rnade simplicity the key note of the i^ole affair. 
Only nine guests were in the wedding party widLch after the 
ceremony adjourned to the Inn to partake of a Wedding Break- 
fast. This too was kept as free of being an elaborate repast 
as was possible. A sisple bouquet decorated the center of 
the table at one end of which sat the Reverend l^, Copp of 
the Concregational Church of Sudbury who married the co\:^e» 
Miss Fi8h«r played the organ. 

At fotir o'clock this afternoon Miss Beverly BoTonan 
of Melrose, Massachusetts became the bride of Mr. Robert 
Clark in another Martha<4<ary Chapel ceremony. This marriage 
was idtnessed by seventy-five relative and friends who after- 
wards came to the large Ball room of the Inn to congratxilate 
the couple. The Buffet table was prettily decorated with 
greens and t«^ers and after all the guests had partaken of 
saxKlwiches and ice cream the bride cut the wedding cake. 
Then she retired to the Parsons ro<»n iriiere she donned her 
"going away" suit and arm in arm with her husband she bi<i 
gooc^bye to her friends and to "single blessedness*" 

W«ek of August 7 - 13, 19k9 induai'ra 

Sunday, August 7, 19U9 Very Wann 

A turkey dinner was serred this noon to nineteen 
members of the Nichols family fron Waltham nho, eyery year 
at this time, gather together to celebrate the birthday of 
genial, irhite haired /i« H* Nichols. Three generations nere 
present with the guest of honor presiding over a long dinner 
table in the old dining room. A single pink rose was placed 
at each setting making the neal a z^al event and special 
occasion for Mr. Nichols. 

Uooday, August 6, 19U9 Very Warm 

The drou^t continues and all of Massachusetts, 
in fact most of New England, is now a disaster area. Fai:mers 
who have suffered heavy losses with their crops can now get 
help from the QovemiBent, if they want it. Many forest fires 
have cropped up here and there but there are none in this 
neighborhood as yet. 

Friday, July 30th, would have been Mr. Ford's 
86th birthday. In the column, "The Observant Citis«a" of 
the Boston Post for that day we find the followlngt 

"Henry Ford^ the man who put this nation on 
ihesls, had other interests than those center-> 
ing on mechanics and gasoline combustion engines •• 
he delved into faiwing and wild life conservation) 
he supported the hospital "bearing his name" in 
Detroit; revived puld.ic interest in Longfellow's 
famous Vayside Inn, construotcKl the American village 
named Greenfield, to mention only a few. His 
ability and interest in fiddle playing at old-tlms 
bam dances remained a kesyniote to his ever-read^ 
spirit of youth and vitality." 


We^ of August 7 * 139 ^9hS inclusive 

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Tuesday, August 9, 19U9 Very Wana 

In spite of the extreme heat nhich makes everyone 
feel and look wilted, the Tauck Tourists,, numbering thirty-five^ 
were smiliiig and eager as they arrived at the Inn today. They 
stepped briskly from the large blue and buff motor coach and 
were soon in the Bar room listening attatitively to the story 
of the Inn. After the Bar room. Kitchen and Parlor had been 
explained, they filed into the old dining ro<Ma liiere luncheon 
was served. 

ifrs. Crocker who comes quite often for luncheon 
with Ur, 0*Neil her chauffeur, entertained two of her friends 
for dinner this evening. They wBi*e a typical "Bostonian" 
couple who told us that they had lived on Beacon Hill for 
forty years. They were grateflQ. to krs. Crocker for bringing 
them out to the Inn on this warm evening so that they could 
get a "breath" of good, country air. (It seemed to us, however, 
that our country air was Just as warm as city air on this 
particular evening. ) 

Wednesday, Atigust 10, 19h9 ^&ry Hot 

The thermometer still soars in the upper nineties 
and in some places has gone over the one hundred mark. Ths 
humidity is also high and needless to say such weather is 
very trying. As hot as it is inside the house people in- 
variably say, "Ohi how lovely and cool it is in herel" when 
they first ccnae in out of the hot sun« 

Ttie Institute of Living bro^ight sixty-four people 
to see the house. They cai!» in small groups and mingled 
with the other guests so that we were hardly aware of them. 
They enjoyed seeing the house, sitting in the chairs on the 
lawn and buying folders, books and post cards. Our two new 
colored post cai*ds are becosdng quite popular. Fetobaps 
because thi^ are both winter scenes. One is of the Inn ircm 
the south-^ast showing the gambrel roof and the other is of 
the Chi^[>el with its spire standing out against a blue sky, 
and both are surrounded by cool white snowl 


Wetk of August 7-13, 19li9, incluaiv© 
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Thursday, August 11, 19h9 Cooler 

There is sone relief from the heat today, but 
the huaidlty is still very high, making us all feel very 
uncos&fortable and our duties are performed at a sloimr 

We were grieved to learn of the death of Rev» 
3^11iam L, Stldger -nhich occurred earlier in the week and we 
shall miss his visits to the Inn, Both he and Mrs. Stidger 
became well acquainted with the Inn after they moved to 
Boston in 1929 and told us cf Dr. Stidger* s friendship with 
]fr« Ford.which developed -nhen Dr. Stidger was pastwr of 
St. Mark's Church in Detroit. In Boston, Dr. Stidger was 
odnister of the Copley Ifethodist Church and served as 
professor at the Boston Ifeiversity School of Theology. He 
was nationally known through radio, introducing the first 
course on radio preaching in any theological school. Bb 
was the author of fifty^^iree books em sezroons, church ad-> 
ainistration, poeos and biographies. His last visit to the 
Inn was about six isonths ago. 

Friday, August 12, 19U9 Cooler 

Temperatures are becoming more nonoal and we are 
cooling off gradually, v^e say "gradually^ because it will 
take some tine for the cooler air to p^ietrate through the Inn* 

Er. and Mrs. Wesson J. Ritchie from Morris toisn. 
New Jersey told us that they were overjoyed this afternoon 
when they finally saw our Bed Horse prancing on the sign and 
knew that they had at last reached their destination. Their 
story was one of adventure. Searching and seeking > trying 
to find us. Some one had told thssa that the Wayside Inn was 
near New Haven, Connecticut. At New Kaven, after riding 
several hours from their home in New Jersey, they asked 
directions to ^e VYayside Inn. They were sent here, there and 
everywhere. Mostly everTn^ere exc^t in the rig^t direction* 

Week of August 7 - 13* 19149 inclusive 
Priday, August 12, 19U9 (continued) 

They found the !T«Qn5ide Lunch, the .'^--side Vegetable stand 
and several other tiaysides - but not the ^'tSyside Inn. In 
the end they consulted an A A A book - rand dcwn throu^ 
all the Inns in Connecticut and then to ^'aesachusetts 
where they located the Wayside Iiui at South Sudbuiy. 
Fortunately the Ritches arrived in time for dinner. They 
liked it so well, they decided to stay ovemi^t. One reason 
for thdlr perseverance ~ They originally lived in Detroit. 

Saturday, August 13, 1914? Cooler 

Ur. Park Pressy visited the Ion this veek and 
told us about a book uliich he hopes to get published. Th« 
story, briefly, is about a young lady from the West who 
comes to Hen England to find her ancestral home. She is 
sent fxT>m one old house to another. One night she ^ends 
at the f^yside Inn and starts off the next morning on her 
interesting quest. 

Ur, Estabrook reported sixteen cars in the park- 
ing space when he was lighting the lassspa one evening recent- 
ly and only two of the oars with Massachusetts number plates. 

A gentleman from Ohio approached the old Bar the 
other day and told us mode^ly that he could quote from 
£hrangeline. The Village i31acksmith. The ureck of the Hesperus 
and other Longfellow poems, but he did not know a single line 
from the Tales of a Wayside Inn* The hc^stess asked if he knew 
Paul Hevere's Hide, '^Yes, cf course", said our guest, "but I 
didnH know that it belonged in the Tales of a Wayside Inn." 

ffiE \?AT5IDE Iini 
Week of August lU - 20, 19li9 induBlTe 

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SiindB7, Aucuflt lIi, 19h9 Pleftsant 

FoTir yorniG men fron the Gushing; Veterans Hospital 
at Framinghara tiere dinner [^Jiests this afternoon and were 

given speed. al attention because one of their number nas in ^^^^ 

a -wheel chair. He Tras -j^eeled into the dining room as inccai- ^py^ 

spicuously as possible and seated at the table nearest the door« r?(LV 
They ell «i^oy*>d a bountiful d^Jiner then adjourned to tlie side x 

porch vihere they irstched the Sunday traffic pass by - pe<^festrian 
as well as automotiye* 

Towards evening another croup of girls from Florida 
irtio are Tjoridng in the I'aasachusetts tobacco fields forth* 
Suxnmer, -were sight-seeing guests and simraed around the house, 
upstairs and dotm. One tall, lanlcy youth amcmg them announced 
that he iras on a return visit fron last Sursncr. "Tes", he 
said, "I Tras here Just eleven laonths and ttienty-three days ago.* 

Ifonday, August 15> 19lt9 Cool 

Ko relief from the drought is yet in sight but cooler 
Heather is being enjoyed by all. Thunderstorms have beon too 
fevr and far between to do rauch good and several wells in tl^ 
neighborhood have gone dry. Mr# Clarice had to stop watering 
the garden and the floirers will suffer in consequence* Since 
this part of the country has a rainfall of about seven inches 
below normal « few flowers aust be sacrificed for the coinr»on 

HeFV. and Mrs* Santgo9i»ry and Rev, and Mrs. 2iegler 
and their children left after a week's eta:/* Very reluctantly 
the Montgcwaaerys left yesterday for their home in (Hens Falls, 
New Tork and this looming the Zieglers departed for their 
home in Springfield, Illinois. 



Week of August lit - 20, 19149 liicliiaive 

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Tuesday, August 16, 191*9 Cool 

Aluays ivhen the house is filled with people as on 
these busy Sunmer dajs, ire hear many interesting r^aarks and 
some of them very humorous. For instance this morning as a 
young mother iras eogplalning things to her tvro tin;}'' tots she 
pointed knowingly to the old Paul Revere lantern made of 
punched tin* "lou see, children, she said, "that is a carrot 

The noon hour brou^t many transient luncheon 
guests as vmLL as thirty-six people on the Tauck Tour, Another 
Tour groxxp of seventy was broiight by the Copley Motor Tours, 
Tliis was a special party £ixga Salt Lake City, Utah ujider the 
direction of Ifrs, Vida F« Cla«son, ttrs* Clawson is a Mormon 
and told us a little about the history of her religion, that 
ISormtma think that the Constitution of the Ooited States is a 
divine psrt of tlieir religion. "So we feel close to this 
part of the country" ti» said. 

IMlnesday, August 17, 19U9 Cool 

It is unbelievable that after all the hot weather 
of the past weeks we should need a fire in the fireplace today. 
But such is the case and we are actually enjoying its waxiath 
as well as its cheezy light on this gloony morning. 

A little excitement was caused this noon by a lady 
whose car had got hung i^j on a rock at the entz'ance to the 
«&all paxictng speee. She seemed %ay much disturbed about it 
and asked us to call a wrecker and have him come and lift her 
off. V<*ayland Motors responded to the call but in the meentime 
a calm gentleman guest irt»> had been v»atching ths proceedings, 
succeeded in directing her how to get out of her predicament. 
So that when the wrecker arrived the lady was nowhere to be 
»eenl "Oh, wellS said the man from Wayland phylosophically^ 
"It's just one of those things J" 

W«ek of August lU - 20, 19h9 indusire 

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Thursday, August 16, 19h9 Cooler 

This nas a lovely, cool, clear day and we all feel 
•letter. In the evening a party of fourteen people cane 
tmder the direction of Kiss Crpha Kan of the New York Central 
Ra Iroad* Arrange^Mnts for this "New England Tour" were made 
in Chicago so that most of the guests were from the mid-west. 
They all wanted a taste of Indian Pudding which they tasted 
after eating a hearty dinner of Baked Hara. 

Dr* Leining, one of the Fraters group and an old 
friend dropped in for dinner today accompanied by four other 
gentlemen. Tio of the group were introduced as Dr. Leining 's 
sons-iik-iaw. The hostess asked if they were ministers too« 
"No", they replied, "but we are aa near to a minister as we 
can possibly getP 

Friday, August 19, 191*9 Pleasant 

Cooks* Tour caiae as usual with twenty-nine passengers 
aboard and handsoine Mr. Zollner in charge. 

Recttit guests were three attractive sisters from 
the British West Indies. Cne of thcra had Just graduated from 
the CurrT" School in Boston and the other two had flown to 
Boston for tlie occasion. They celebrated by having dinner at 
the lotayside Inn. 

Another "knowing'' i&other, taking her young ones 
through iiie house today, described the pipe box hanging in the 
Bar roosa as a "coffee grinder". 

Saturday, August 20, 19h9 Pleasant 

The weather^i^ban ceirtainly sent his blessing upon 
the two brides at the ^Vayside Inn today and brought forth 
a beautiful, cool and suimy day. The first bride was Miss 
Sally Lou Stringer from Fraiain^:iam. She was married early 
this morning to Mr. Th<Mas c^heridan, Jr. and came with 
about one hundred of her friends to the Inn for her wedding 

THE mrsim im 

Week of August Ih - 20, 19h9 incluBire 

Saturday, August 20, 19U9 (continued) 

A fiit-ilown luncheon was soi'ved in the large dining* 
XOffli wl'iicii was pi^ttll^ d^cui^t&u .rlth ilowers of varying 
ebadeft of piiik. A large wedding cake graced the center of 
the Bride 'li table and was cut in the proverbial way by tlie 
Bi^lde and Groom and the first piece eaten by them* Dancing 
folloired in the large Ball room and was so enjoyable that the mem 
members of the orchestra were asked to play for an additional 
hour* A dLstinguished wedding guest was Mr* ^or should we say 
the Honourable ;^r. Harold D* Donahue, Congressman of the Uth 
Congressional District i^to was here from Washington for the 

The second bride was married in our Chapel at seven 
o* clock this evening* She was Urs* Kuth Palmero and the grocna 
was iur* Jjfoaes A. Neff* About fifty of the couple's HiclendB 
witnessed the ceremoiiy and afterwards offered their congratu- 
lations at a reception held in the miall Ball room of the Inn* 

Lax*ge bouquets of gladioli, ^enias and chrysanthemums 
decorated ti\e two laantles while tite Buffet table was festive 
with the sfedding cake aid lighted tapers* Tlie bride looked 
espedftlly pretty in a white organdy, ankle length gown with 
"latching hat* And sne was very gracious, we thought, in 
requesting that the flowers used for decoration in the Chapel 
be sent to son» nearby hospital* Never before in the history 
of our Chapel weddings^ and never before among the one hmidred 
and fifty brides -who have been married here, has such a thought- 
ful, kindly gesture been made* 

Week of Auguat 21-27, X9h9 incluaive 

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Simday, August 21, 19h9 Pleasant 

}frs« Clair Qt Daris has arrived for a Sudbury -visit and 
has ui:q;}acked her bags and settled dcnm in the Ole Bull ro(»B» 
She will stay about a ireek, calling on Sudbury friends uttm 
she kneir when her husband was minister of the Sudbury Metho- 
dist Church* She was a bride then and her husband a young 
man. Now, being a widow, Urs. Davis likes to renew old 
friendships and plans a trip to Sudbury every year or two 
in order to do so* She is a brave little person and teaches 
school in New lork State* 

The weather has changed for the better* It is 
cool and comfortable and the air has a suggestion of Fall in 
its crisp, clear aspect* But it is still r&rj dry and our 
neighbors are having difficulty with the supply of water from 
their wells* The ataiths have had to lug water from the Caldwells 
in huge milk cans. Our supply has been alright so far but we 
get a scare every now and then when nruddy-colored water comes 
out of the f aucett*"^ 

Monday, August 22, 19h9 Very Warm 

Today we learned from an interested guest that 
flint lighters such as ours were used in the old days to try 
out gun powder to see if it was dry and of good quality* They 
did not have the little socket to hold the candle like the 
one in the Bar room* 

Rev* and ttrs* Barber were luncheon guests again todi^r. 
EveiTone, especially the new hostesses, was thrilled to meet 
the author of "The Trembling Years" wiiich we have been reading. 
Her title is taken from a stanaa of Walt Whitman's "Leaves of 
Grass" which begins* 'Tear that trembled aiid rock'd beneath 
. me I" Mrs* Barber with her sweet face and clmrzsiing manner has 
certainly succeeded in conquering tlie effects of an attack of 
Infantile Paralysis and one would never Icnow she had passed 
through any "Trembling Tears"* 

Mr* and Mrs* Miller and their two children from 
Detroit spent the ni^t. They seemed delighted with everything* 
Mr* Miller is a Ford llotor Company executive and after a tour 
of the estate with Mr. Tyxrdy the Millers left for a vacation 
on Gape Cod* 

7m vKmim inn 

Haek of August 21-27, 19U9 inclxiaive 
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Tuesday, August 23, 19U9 Waiiaer 

The AuguBt Ford Tiraes has a very fine illustrated 
article on the town of Lunenburg, Nova Scotia* Most remark- 
able is the fact that the lovely paintings were done by Earl 
Dailly, a victiia of infantile paralysis who paints by holding 
his brushes in his teeth. A member of the Tank party who 
stayed over night tonight, ?ras especially interested as she 
had just n^t the artist in Lunenburg. We recommend the 
article as pleasant Summer reading and the Bailly paintings 
as an inspiration to all would-be artists and interested laymen* 

Mar jorie Pomphrey iiho is helping out <m the Hostess 
staff until Mrs* Flint's retiim on September 1st, is intrigued 
by the number of humorous remarks made by the guests and has 
started collecting them. Today she reported a lac^ tAio was 
observing the Hessian andirons in the Bar room. "Oh, aren't 
they cutel" she exclaimed, "Are they Indians? No, I see now, 
they are Minute menl" 

Wednesday, August 2U, 19k9 ^ara 

Towards aftexnoon the sky became overcast and a little 
rain fell. "Hurricane Harry" i^ich has been hovering around 
the Florida coast is on its way north. Vie dont know yet whether 
it will veer out to sea but we certainly hope so. Leaves are 
bloning off tlie trees so that it looks like a fall day. It 
even smells like one. A shift in the wind has brought the smoke 
from forest fires which have been burning in other parts of the 

We are always interested in seeing people register 
fitsa other states and to notice out-of-^rtate licence plates 
on their cars. Today two people registered fjrom Kopenhagen, 
spelled with a K. They were a mother and small son and their 
names were Qerda and Ole Lazven. 

V0ek of August 21-27, 19U9 inclusive 

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ThuTBday, Augurt 2^, 19li9 Pleasant 

A delightfijl luncheon -was served on the Porch this 
noon to a group of about tirenty ladies attending a convention 
of the Mink and Beavers Association, Kiss Fisher took the 
groiQ) through the house after luncheon. 

Gunner Lied, Mrs* Else Lied and son larund rrere here 
today from Anaast, Norway. Mrs. Lied asked to see Ole Bull's 
violin because she wanted to show it to her six year old son> 
Tho{|,by the way, spoke very good English. The Lieds remember 
a large statue of Old B\ill in their native town and told us 
that many small towns in Norway honor the violinist with a 
memorial of soae kind. 

Friday, August 26, 191*9 "^ery ttana 

A large, high automobile of the 1921 era, drove 
up in front of the Inn this afternoon and created a bit of 
excitement as guests and Inn personnel crowded around it. 
Mr. and Sirs. U, J. Duryea stepped down and explained that 
they had come from Bonnecticut to attend the Antique Car 
Meet being held at the Laconber Estate in Fraraingham. Mr. 
Duryea is the son of Charles E. Duryea who built the first 
gasoline automobile in this country. That was in 1892 and 
the car was called a Duryea. Ten years later it became the 
Stevens - Duryea. The present Mr. Duryea is i^ditor of a 
magazine on antique automobiles and has sponsored and managed 
several shows. He is of course interested in the Glidden Tour. 
Ife picked a Cadillac from his ovm collection in which to ride 
today and brought Mrs. Duryea along too. She said that it was 
a perfectly c<Mafortable ride exc^t for luggage space. There 
was no provision made in the old cars for the numerous ward- 
robe necessities of this day and age. 

Week of August 21 - 27, 19k9 inclueive 

mt" - U - 

Saturday - Auguat 27, 19it9 Very Mm 

Today was the first aturday in many weeks that 
we were Imstiing around with preperations for a wedding 
OP two. 

Mr. and Urs, Duryea started off this morning in 
their antique car for a day at the show in Framingham. 
Before leaving, however, Ur, Duryea took Kr« Purdy for a 
"spin" down tlie road. 

Tauck Tours^under the able leadership of Jack 
0*Brien^arrived at noon time with thirty-two raesnbers 
aboEird. They were served liincheon in the old dining rocxa 
after a tour of the house. 

A special (^est this noon was Ruth l!ary Moore 
from Saa Paulo, Brazil. She said she loved New Bagland 
which she is visiting for the first time. 

This evening there was a rehearsal for the 
Tender wedding which is scheduled for Saturday, oeptember 

Week of August 28 > September 3, 19U9 

Sunday, August 26, 19li9 Very Warm 

The old kitchen was prepared for a special party 
at noon time given in honor of Harold Lloyd, former movie 
star and now Is^erial Potentate of the Shriners of America • 
Mr* Lloyd will be remembered as a c<»nedian of the silent 
movies and wore^as a kind of trade mark, a large pair of bone 
rimmed spectacles* Today, when he registered in our Special 
Quest Book, he drew a picture of the spectacles over his 
signature. He and Mrs, Lloyd were very pleased with the 
Inn and especially the Old Kitchen. Mr. Lloyd took a number 
of pictures of the group sitting around the dinner table. 

Later in the afternoon the Martha-4{ary Qieqpel was 
the scene of a wedding attended by about one hundred friends 
and relatives of Freda Borla and Alex Pappas, the bride and 
groom. A reception followed in the large Ball Boom and the 
wedding cake was cut in the usual way. The Bride's bouquet 
was thrown from the front door step of the Inn as the happy 
couple departed for their wedding trip. 

Monday, August 29, 19li9 Windy - Rain 

Mrs. Davis, a house guest for several days, left 
this morning to begin teaching, when school opens, in Hempstead, 
Long Island. She is a former resident of Sudbury and as a 
young bride traded at the Wayside Country Store when it was in 
Sudbury Centre. She told us she has many fond memories of it 
and before she left she bought sons of their penny candies to 
take home to her grandchildren. 

The weather was worrying her a little as she did 
not want to drive In the rain and to add to her uneasiness 
her car wouldn't start, having been out all nif^t in a down 
pour. Mr. Saint case from the office to offer his advice, 
Mr. Clark tried pushing her as far as he was able up the road 
with his truck. When their bumpers seemed to have become 
Inextricably locked. Denny haptpened to cos^ along and all 
was well. We hope Mrs. I>ivis reached home without further 

Our friends, the Turners, came in Just to say 
"Hello" and goodbye. Alta Ann is gping back for her last 
year at Cornell. She is quite grovm up now but she still 
likes to call 'Ur, Estabrook, "I^azy*^ because he lights the 
lami>6 at ni/:ht. 



Week of August 28 - September 3# 19U9 incl. 

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Tuesday, August 30, 19li9 Pleasant 

Miss Gloria Schaarf came into the Bar Boom irecently 
Just beaming with pride and enthusiasm about her visit to 
London ^nhere she played in concert before many admiring audi- 
ences* Miss Schaarf is a concert pianist and imi have ioooim 
her for several years - before she became famous and was 
■traggling to make a name for herself* With encouragement 
fk>ODi her Kother, she has "arrived" and ne are proud indeed of 

She told of being sponsored in London by Baroneins 
Ravensdale, a daughter of Lord CurzonN former Viceroy of India. 
One evening Baroness Ravensdale gave a pazi>y for Gloria and in 
attendance nere some of the most notable people in lil^gland. 
Sir Stafford Cripps, Ambassador Douglas and Sir Stenart Wilson, 
head of the British Broadcasting Company. Before the concert, 
the Baroness presented (ILoria with a beautiful crystal necklace. 
Gloria is as modest and charming as ever. She is tall and slender 
and about thirty years old, we shoizld say. 

Wednesday, Aixgust 31> 19W Cloudy 

Ur. John Upper and his mother came to see the Inn 
and have luncheon. "Jack" a very attractive young man, inform- 
ed us that he has been a guide at Greenfield Village and 
therefore was vexy much interested in seeing the Inn and our 
lJarth»->liary Chapel. He is to have charge of the music at the 
Chapel in Dearborn this winter and hopes some of his programs 
will be broadcast. He went to Cranlnrook as a boy and sang solos 
in the magnificent Memorial Chapel there. Last evening in 
Boston he attended a public exhibition of old-fashioned dancing 
given at the Shell on the Esplanade and spdce as though he had 
enjoyed it very much. 

Twenty ladies from Foster, Rhode Island had Chicken Pie 
for luncheon today seated at one long table in the large dining 
room. A small baby in a carriage nearby cooed and saili^ happily 
all the time. They were members of the Ladies Aid from some 
church in Foster and before eating all heads were boned while 
the Minister's wife asked the blessing* 


Week of August 28 - S«pt«aber 3> 19h9 incl» 

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Thursday, September 1, 191*9 Pleasant 

A guest told us today of a very old copy of the 
Tales of a Tlayaxde Inn idiich ehe has in her possession* ^f i\: ., 
she said, "it is very, very old and is dated in the lat% 1700' s,"* 
(Longfellow ims bom in 1807 and the Tales first publiehed in 

Mrs. Flint i^o has been on a leave of absence throug)i 
the Suismer, returned today and was Trelcomed fondly by all the 
Inn staff. She is the hostess who does the attractive flower 
arrangements and is always a great help in preparing for vedding 
reeeptloas and other parties where there is decorating to do. 

Friday, Septenber 2, 191P Very Cool 

Among our luncheon guests today came Dr. ^?hite and 
her xaother. They are two very charming ladies. Dr. Mte, 
who is a lady doctor, is always dressed in the latest fashion. 
She frequently brings her mother to luncheon or to dinner at 
the Inn. Todfi^, Dr. White was also acc^apanied by a Swiss 

Rev. and Mrs. Arterton along with their children 
and Mrs. Arterton *8 raother enjoyed limcheon in Uie Old Dining 
room today. Tlie Artertons were on their way home from iJaine 
where Rev. Arterton has been preaching for the suxaner months. 

llrs. Colby and daughter Joan dropped in this after- 
noon for a short visit. Joan, who is about fourteen years 
old, looked pert and dignified in her pink cotton dress. 
Batching pink hat adorned with flowers and veil and snowy 
idsite gloves. She is indeed a ehaxsing young la(|y. 

Week of August 28 - Septeiaber 3, 19h9 Inclusive 

Saturday, Septeuiber 3, 19U9 Fair - Cool 

A busy Saturday began iri-th the arrival of the 
Tauck Tours at noon today* A guided tour was provided 
for the party of thirty-five, xfter irtiich they were escorted 
to the Porch liiere luncheon nas served. 

Two weddings, with receptions at the Inn, art 
scheduled for today. 

Our first wedding took place in tibe liartha*iiary 
Chapel at one-thirty. The bridal couple. Miss Doris T^der 
and Mr. Henry Strauch, exchanged their marriage vows, with 
a groi^p of one hundred relatives and friends in attendance. 
The bride chose as her bridal gown a traditional white satin 
gown with full length train. She carried a cascade of white 
roses. (ler bzddal attendant wore a gown of rose faille and 
carred red roses. The newlyweds received their guests in 
the large Ball Room of the Inn idhere a Buffet Tea was served. 
Pure white gladiola adorned the Buffet table as well as the 
traditional i^ite wedding cake. 

Tlie second wedding took place at U P M in the 
ttu*tha<4iary Chapel with seventy people in attendance. 

Following the wedding cerenony at the Chapel, 
the bridal coux>le Mr and Mrs Homer F. Bair, received their 
guests at a reception in the small Ball Room of the Inn. 
The bilde wore an afternoon length lace bridal dress. She 
wore a small white hat and carried a sioall old-fashioned 
bridal bouquet. The bride *s only attendant wm gowned in 
a pale pink lace dress fashioned on the same lines as that 
of the bride. She also carried a anall old-f aliened bouquet, 
A Buffet tea was served and the bride cut her wedding calce. 



Week of September h - 10, 19U9 inclusive 

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Sunday, Septanber U, 19k9 Pleasant 

The weather has been ideal fbr travelers and others 
who are raaking a holiday of this Labor Day week-end. Skies 
are cl«ar, the sun bri^t and the teis9)erature just ri^t. 

Mr. Charles F, Jenkins writes that he is to gire a 
lecture this evening at the Buck Hill Falls Inn in Pennsylvania 
before a distinguished compai^ of about six hundred. His 
topic will be "Elizabeth at the -*ayside Inn"^ concerning IDLizabeth 
Haddon the lovely young Quaker girl whom Longfellow imraotalized 
in the Tales of a iVayside Inn. Mr. Jenkins will show a spray of 
the ancient yew i^iich Elizabeth Haddon brought fr<»a England and 
still growing in her garden at Haddonf ield. New Jersey. i//e 
supplied Mr. Jenkins with other information about the Inn and 
hope that he wi^ have an enthusiastic audience. 

A dipping from a recent newspaper informs us that a 
German memorial to Longfellow was dedicated in Qeisenheim on 
the Rhine where the poet once lived and wrote. The meiaorial is 
a fountain with the opening lines of Longfellow's poem "Bells 
of Geisenheim" carved in stone. 

Monday, September 5> 19U9 Cool 

Labor Day - and the third day of a long and busy 
week-end. A new sign by the front door reads s 

Admission kOi 
Children 6 to 12 20^ 
Mo admission charge for 
house cr meal guests. 

A great many foreigners visit tYus Inn these days^some 
speaking broken EncJLish or another language altogether. All 
seem to be intensely intei-ested in the Inn and its history. 
Today an Italian family told us they had just come from visiting 
a friend ^o lived in Chicago. Kis name is Theodore Morelli and 
he showed his visitors a wood carving he had made of one comer 
of the bar room at the i^yside Inn. This "work of art is about a 
foot high and they said every detail was perfect even to the 
broom leaning against the fireplace with one or two broken straws 
and Mr. Ford sitting on the settle. 



Wisek of September h - 10, 19h9 inclusive 

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Tuesday, September 6, 19U9 Pleasant 

This is the day when we feel quite keenly the 
■lull after a storm". The house is quieter. The guests 
come at less frequent intervals and we begin to see faadliar 
faces appear once more after the Suomer vacation. The 
tourists with their little faxnilies are back home waiting 
for schools to open. 

A charming elderly couple introduced themselves 
today as Mr* and Mrs. Edward Ingrahara from Cambridge. Mrs. 
Ingraham is a member of the Farm and Garden and recalled her 
visit to Dearborn when the club was entertained several years 
ago. She spoke of Itr. and I^Irs. Ford as being gracious and 
lovely people and said "I wish we could all do as well as 
Mrs. Ford has done." 

Mr. C. Nelles^ former Sales Manager of the Ford 
Company in Dearbornjwas an overnight guest tonight. He 
and Mrs. Nelles are motoring through New England. They 
make their home at the Dearborn Inn. 

Wednesday, September 7, 191*9 Pleasant 

Ibrgaret J^cKechnie has returned as hostess 
and her flower arrangements are again causing many coranents. 
Today she has placed a small leather trunk on the sill of 
the bay window in the original dining room. Gaily colored 
flowers of many kinds are spilling out from under its h-alf- 
open lid. A gentleisan asked if he mi^^t take a picture of it 
in kodachrome and anxiously waited until the sun was shining 
on it to bring out the necessary colors. 

Mrs. Purdy brought in her new kitten for us to 
admire, Adam Howe II. He is yellow and wldLte and very 
handscme with his red leash. Some heartless motorist left 
him at the Country Store some weeks ago, but now he is happy 
in his new home, is well cared for ^and has a distinguished 
nai&e into the bargaini 

W«^ of September k - 10, 19k9 inclusive 
ir«dnesday, Septaaber 7, 19h9 (continued) 

TbB Mary Lamb School opened today with fourteen 
children, Mrs» Bennett, iiiho has Just returned from visiting 
her daughter in Lake Tahoe, California, has a little grand- 
child in the first grade, V»endy iValker. V/endy's mother made 
her a beautiful lunch box to take to school* It is really a 
pail, made of tin and painted black. Mary and her little 
lamb gamboling along to a little red school house are painted 
on the pail. Needless to say \Aie 'workmanship is excellent 
as Krs« 'alksr has taken lessons in this sort of thing. Wendy 
should be very proud of her lunch pail. 

Thursday, September 8, 19h9 Partly Cloudy 

A group of thirty-five staff irorkers from the Salva- 
tion Anny in Boston filled the capacity of the Porch this 
evening and enjoyed a Roast Lamb dinner served there. After 
dinner a business meeting was held. This is an annual event, 
the same group having been here for the past five years. 

Hiss Constant Morse entertained members of her 
biridal party at dinner this evening before the wedding rehearsel. 
The wedding of Miss Morse and Mr. Pierce Pe€unnain will take 
place tomorrow evening in the Martha-Mary Chapel followed by a 
reception in the large Ball room of the Inn. The Pearraain family 
have been neighbors of the Inn for many, Mai^ years. Pierce's 
grandfather built the Italian villa on the Framingjiaa road 
where Dr and Mrs. Gross live now. Pierce's father once owned 
the old Hagar house and his aunt, Mrs. Sohier »ielch;owns the old 
Colonel Nixon house near the liillwood Hunt Club. 

Iriday, September 9, 19149 Cloudy 

The luncheon hour today brought a group of eighteen 
on the Thomas Cook & Scma sightseeing tour. Our guests enjoyed 
a tour tiirough the Inn and luncheon served them on the Porch. 

Mid-afternoon and the Inn welcomed Mr. George llathev 
AdSBS. Mr. Adams stopped only a few minutes to fiay "Hello" and 
t© tell us about his new book "Better than Gold.»\j/ 


Week of September h - 10, 19h9 inclusive 


Friday, September 9, 19l;9 (continued) 

A fashionable fall wedding took place this evening 
in the Marthas-Mary Chapel, followed by a reception in the 
large Ball iloom of the Inn* 

Our bridal couple ) Mr. and Mrs. Pierce Peanaaln>^ 
received their one hundred and twenty guests in front of 
the fire place in the large Ball Room. 

■he bride, formerly Vilsa Content 0. liorse from 
Pennsylvania was gowned in a beetling permanent finish 
organdy gpiai with bouffant skirt and sweetheart neckline* 
Her head dress consisted of a fincer^tip veil caught to a 
crown of orange blossoms. She carried a small cascade of 
chrysanthflouas. The bride's only attendant was gonned in 
white over pale green organdy. She wore a band of yellow 
bronze chrysa&themums in her hair crA carried a small cascade 
of the same color. A tiny, blonde flower girl wore a long 
gown of white over pale yellow orf^andie and carried a adiite 
basket filled with yellow chrysanthemmas. Mar^ interesting 
guests attended this wedding. Arion^ them Mr and ^rs. Ralph 
D. Paine, Jr. Mrs. Paine, who is knoim in Uie professional 
world as "Nancy White" is fashion editor of "Good Housekeep- 
ing Magazine" t^iile Mr. Paine is managing editor of "Fortune." 
Mr. A. 0. l/orse, father of the bride, is assistant to the 
president at the State Co11«=>p:r in Pennrdvania. He xols fomer- 
ly at the University of I?ew Hampshire. 

Saturday, Septeaber 10, 19h9 Fair - Cool 

A bridal luncheon was served in the large Dining 
Room this noon to a group ox seventy-five friends and relsr- 
tives of the bridal couple. Dr. and Mrs. John H* Craig. 

TbB bridal couple) along with their attendants 
and f amilies^; sat at a head table, which had been placed in 
front of the fLre place. The traditional wedding cake adorned 
the center of the table as well as tapers and two floral 
arrangements of gladioli in pastel shades. Tlie bride wore an 
attractive white satin gown. Her four attendants wore pastel 
yellow and green gowns. 

tmk of September U - 10, 19li9 inclusive 
S*t\irday, September 10, 19i;9 (continued) 

Our second wedding today took place in the Martha- 
Mary Chapel. Mies Lee Bicchieri and Mr. Philip Nee exchanged 
their marriage rem with a grox^ of fifty in attendance* The 
bride wore a traditional white satin gown, with finger-tip 
veil, iriiile the maid-of-honor wore pale pink marquisette wLth 
a matching picture hat. Both carried a small old-fashioned 
bouquet* The reception followed in the Old Ball Room of 
the Inn. 

A colorful early evening wedding was held at the 
Martha-Mary Chapel today Viss Helen v. ?/!ason and Mr, Thomas 
R« Brown exchanged their marriage vows. 3ixty guests were 
present at the sendee and later were received by the wedding 
party in the large Ball Room. 

The bride wore an attractive gown of brocaded satin 
wi-Ui a full length train. She wore a finger tip veil caught 
to a lace cap and carried a spray of idiite orchids. Four 
bridal attendants were gowned in ice blue satin, fashioned 
with a bustle back. All carried cascades of yellow orchids* 

W««k of September 11-17, 19U9 inclusive 

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Sunday, September 11, 191*9 Pleaeant 

Readers of the Diary may be a bit weary of weddings, 
bat they are becoming the raost important part of oiir Fall and 
Spring schedule. This week-end was "jaaaed" with weddings. 
There were three yesterday and one today. This afternoon 
Miss Shirley Stun^>f was serried to Mr. Walter MacOou^l in the 
Martha-Ifazy ChapiQ. at four o* clock. After the cerCTsoz^ the 
cme-hundred and fifty guests adjourned to the large Ball rocna 
of the Inn iriiere a receiving line was fonned and a Buffet table 
set up with a silver Coffee service at each end. Two friends 
of t}:» bride poured. The pimch bowl was popular as was the 
wedding cake when it was cut 1^ the bride and passed around to 
the small children and grandsiothers who wanted to take a piece 
hoBMi as a souvenier. There was plenty of cake for everyone and 
a great deal left over. It was one of the largest cakes ever 
seen in the Inn^being rectangular in shape, three tiers in 
hi^l^t^and towered by a traditional Brida and Qrcxm ornament* 

Monday, Sq>teober 12, 19l& Cold 

Wntn the sun rose this raoming it shone mistily 
through a thick irtiite fog and the day profflised to be cold end 
dreary. Later, however, the sun shone through the mist and 
blue skies appeared. 

Ha^el McLean, a former housekeeper, came to see us 
to chat and catch up with the news. Her husband, Dan, although 
employed elseiriiere^ still shears our sheep every spring. 

George Pearson, poet, guide and actor when he arrived 
with his group on the Gray Line bus seemed to be "in the mood" 
and entertained a small group after lunch, making thmi lau^ 
with his funny stories and in^jersonations. 

Prof. Schell and five other distinguished m^i had 
dinner in the Old Kitdien, Hiss Barnard, Prof. Schell* s secre- 
tary ^accompanied them this tine, carrying a huge brief case 
along. Ko doubt the business meeting following the dinner was 
to be a very important one. 

Week of Septtaaber 11 - 17, 19lt9 incluBire 

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Tuesda^r^ SeptmSoer 13, 19lt^ Pleasant 

The last Tuesday Tauck Tour of the season case today 
and with only two more Saturday tours scheduled, the Swrner 
tourist trade is beginning to wind up. It may not be ]|{ood 
biisiness sense to say that we like the Tauck Toiir the best of 
all Tours, but it is a fact that year after year they are well 
organized and ably conducted. They ronaln good and loyal friends. 

Mr. Gaf fney, the head gardner at the Longf ellow-Craigs 
house, in Cambridge was a recent guest. ll» has been there twenty- 
six years* 

Wednesday, SepteEi)er II4., 19249 Very Warm 

Today sucsaer heat and humidity have returned and with 
it the sound of the lawn mower iMch has not been used for months ^ 
there having been no grass to cut. But a few recent rains have 
caused enough grass to grow so that it needs cutting. 

An interesting f sally by the name of Morocco, all with 
black hair and flashing daric eyes carae to dinner. There were 
nine in tiMd party and four were small children. Ii^en a Mary 
Lamb book was purchased for one of them the other younger members 
of the grotj^ seemed quite disturbed. In fact a few tears were 
shed. But all was serene again wheoi a book was purchased for each 
of the other children and so they d^jarted with happy smiles and 
each with a book under his am. 

Another interesting family were Mr. and Mrs. Bell of 
Michigan. The other raoabers of the family were not present but 
Mrs. Bell told us that at one time they had the Bell Family 
Orchestra. Mr. Lovett introdiaced them to Hr. Ford and he had 
his orchestra play for tiie Bells and he danced with Mrs. Bell. 
^ The family is scattered now but Mr. Bell still plays his violin 
and Mrs. Bell the piano. 



W«e!c of SeptcmlMir 11 - 17« 19k9 iscluslYe 

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Thursday, September 1.^, 19k9 Mostly Cloudy 

Mr* Guernsey Frost of th^^ Hardvaro Mutuals Casualty 
Gk»rrpany had tventy men in Itiis luncheon group this noon* These 
are insurance agents from other parts of the coxmtry being 
ent curtained by the hcaae office. Mr. Fro at has arranged fotiP 
similar occasions, this being Uie second of tho series* 

Another recent guest nas Bishop Senne'Ui KiziCy Lord 
Bishop of Oxford, who is in this countiy from England attending 
several conferences of the Espiscopal church* 

Friday, Seprtesiser l6, 19h$ Pleasant 

A party of eighteen case for luncheon this noon 
-riLth th« Cook Tours* Luncheon ivas serred on the Porch and a 
to\ir of the Inn followed* This tour, under tiie able guidance 
of Mr* Levis Rogers, stops at the Inn on Fiddey of each week. 
Next week being his last tour for the season* 

A pert little Biiss with blonde hair and blue eyes^ 
and aged about three and a half case for luncheon with her 
mother tide noon* Patricia Day Haikins was her name and 
being curious as to what the lady b^iind the Bar was doing, 
she stuped ini "Would you like to draw me a picture** asked 
the Hostess* At this request, the young miss drew a fine 
house and an aniisal i^ich rescMubled a lamb* "lou see** z^emarked 
mother, "we have caae to see the little Red School House and 
the lambs*" 

Saturday, Septeatoer 17, 19h9 Pair - Warm 

Three weddings took place in the Martha-Mary Chapel 
today with receptions following at the Inn* 

Our first bridal couple.Miss Slsie Curtis and Mr. 
Harry D. Aaadian of V/ellesley Hilis^took their marriage rows 
at two o'clock in the Chapel aid received their guests at a 
reception in the snail Ball room of the Inn. A buffet tea 
was served to fity guests and a woddinj^- cake was cut by the 

Week of September 11 - 17, 19h9 inclualve 

Saturday, September 17> 19h9 (continued) 

Late afternoon and our second Chapel nedding took 
place with ninety attending the wedding reception* The bride. 
Miss June Katon, was gpwned in traditional white satin and 
carried white elsdiolas* Her finger tip veil was caught to 
a lace cap. Four bridal attendants wei'e gowned in flaae 
pink satin and carried lenon gladiola. A buffet tea was 
serrsd in the large Ball ro<»3i and the bridal couple left on 
their wedding trip in a shower of rice. 

All the candles were lighted and a lovely basket 
of white gLadiolas adorned the altar at the eight o'clock 
wedding of Hiss Bertha Dial and Mr. Russell Yandell. The 
bride was gowned in satin with a full length veil. She 
carried white chrysanthemuns. The bridal attendant was gowned 
in ecru satin and carried yellow and bronze chr/santhsaums. 
A buffet tea was served in the small Ball room. The bride 
cut her towering i#iite wedding cake which was topped with a 
bridal bell and the couple left on their wedding trip. 

W«^ of S«ptemb©r 18 - 2U, I9h9 inclusive 

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Sijnday, September 18, 191*9 Pleasant 

This was a perfect Septoaber day and many people 
took advantage of the warm simehine and blue skies to drive 
into the country for their Sunday dinner. Consequently our 
dining rooms were filled at noon time and through the after- 
noon, lie looked out several times during the day and wished 
we had the ability to describe the beauty of this transitional 
season when we are bidding farewell to Summer and awaiting the 
arrival of Autumn. Later in the day we found the perfect 
description in a current magasine. 

"The cool and sparkling dayv of late September 
flow like golden wine into the bowl of autumn. 
I cannot have enou^ of each dayj I try to 
measure the minutes sparingly) for this is the 
tine of enohantmsnt* > - - If anyone now 
asked lae what happiness is, I should say it is 
a September day in Hew iihgland." 

Monday, September 19» 19h9 Muggy 

Mr. and Mrs* Angell, driving from Portland, Oregon 
arrived in tiiae for dinner and to spend the ni^it. Although 
from the west coast ttiey were very lauch interested in New 
Ihgland antiqxies in fact, Mrs. Angell is a collector. She told 
us with a great deal of pride about her syllabub cups of liiich 
she has six. They are broim Staffordshire of ^TBcefal design 
and each is intact with cover and two small handles. This is 
quite r«aarkable since they were taken out to Oregon from 
New Hampshire. They belonged, in fact, to Martha Hilton^, whose , 
marriage to Gov, Wentworth Longfellow tells about ^ one' of the i}-^-ya 
Tales of a /^yside Inn, "Lacfy Yentworth". Mrs. Aageli saw 
them for sale but did not think she could afford six cups and 
thought it would be a shame to break the set. Unbeknown to her 
her husband bought the set and presented thaa to her two at a 
time. Two for her birthday, two for Christmas and two for an 
anniversary present. i^iien she has special guests Mrs. Angell 
serves hot mulJled cider in these lovely cups. 


iMkof S€(>teBber 16 * 2U> l^U^ inclusive 

-. 2 • 

Tuesday, September 20, 19h9 Pleasant 

A g«itl«3an appeared at the desk today with a 
questioning look on his face. This nas not iiniisual of course. 
Most of the people itho approach the desk do ask a question or 
questions. But this man had come all the way from \Vestboro to 
ask :jitst one question and to settle an arguoent* His wife 
clai»ed that the Mary Lamb School house was nade of brick i^le 
the husband said that he was sure it was made of wood and painted 
red. Now, which was it? The hostess had to be honest of course. 
In this case there was no way to pacify them both. It didn't 
take our guest very long to say "thank you", when told that the 
building was wooden>and he left with that e3q;>re8sion of "I told 
you so" on a beaming coimtenanoe. 

Mrs. Lyle Torrey from Ridgefleld, Connecticut is 
staying overnight having brought one of her four sons to South- 
boro where he will continue his studies at the Fay School, 

Other old friends who arrived today were Miss Hall 
and Miss Williams frcsn >Vestport, Uassachusetts, 

Wednesday, September 21, 19h9 Gold 

Steam heat and a fire in the fireplace today foretell 
the end of sunsaer. The Gray Line Tours are still arriving every 
day and tonight at the unusual hour of five fifteen the Copli^y 
Tour brou^t a group of about twenty-one members of the National 
Tax Association which is having a convention in Boston. 

Allison Claxice, a fox&er waitress, brought her husband 
and father and mother to see the Inn. She has moved to Newbury, 

One of our luncheon guests purchased a letter booklet, 
asked for a stamp and also how niuch the postage would be to South 
Africa. The South Sudbuiy Post Office was called and we were 
informed the stamp would cost five cents. The gentleman, there- 
upon^sent the Wayside Inn booklet on its way addressed to his 
wife Krs. A. D« Wassenaa, "BoseUbeok" Kewlands C.P., South Africa. 

Week of S^tember 18 - 2U, 19U9 inclusi*v» 

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Thursday^ Sflptenber 22, 19l49 Rsin 

Hr. Guernsey Frost broiaght his last groi^ of oen 
for luncheon today. This -iias the fourth in a series of 
luncheons for salesmen of the Hardiiare Mutuals Casualty Company* 
TJ^re were twenty-one in the party. 

The Inn folk are interested in the recent announcsaaent 
of the engagera«tit of David Fiaskins to Hiss Grace Trowbridge, 
David is a well known character in this vicinity having lived 
in .V£tyland all his life and loany times a guest at the Inn with 
his mother who passed away three years a.^^o. David has been very 
lonesome and we all rejoice that he will now have someone to 
share his home with him. Miss Trowbridge came to the Inn on a 
recent evening and was introduced by David as the "bride to be" • 

Friday, September 23, I9h9 Pleasant 

The Cook Tours with a party of seventeen under the 
able guidance of Mr* LejrLs Kogera, concluded their year's 
series of tours today* Luncheon was served on the Porch 
and a tour of the Inn was enjoyed by all* 

Also among o\ir luncheon guests today came General 
McKinley and as his guests, Geaieral and ^Irs* Gregory from Washing- 
ton* Both men are retired Generals and have worked together in 
the Quarter Master Corps for many years. General McKinley has 
Recently bought an old house in Acton and we sincerely hope he will 
be a frequent guest at the Inn* 

Saturday, Septentoer 2k, 19h9 Pleasant 

Forty-two members of the Tauck Tours enjoyed a 
tour of the Inn and luncheon served on the Porch today. This 
was the last tour of t^e season. 

Wwk of September 18 - 21i, 19h9 inclusive 

Saturday, Septorber 2k» 19U9 (continued) 

One hundred and forty descendants of Thosmas Brisham 
and Edmund Rice who settled in TIarlborough more than three 
hiindred years ago, gatiiered at the Inn today in reunion. Ten 
states were represented by the members. Clarence Brigham of 
Marlborough, who was ninty-three years old in August, was the 
oldest BrLgham to attend and ^Miss Hattie Rice, age eighty-five 
of lEilford^TOS the oldest manber of the Rice family present. 

A display of heirlooms from the Rice Family was 
eadiibited. MeBibers enjoyed their annual pilgrimage to the 
site of the oriclnal horae of Edmund Rice in Tfayland and visited 
his grave in oudbury. 

One wedding in the Martha-Mary Chapel and two receptions 
took place at the Irr today. 

Miss Doris KacDonald and Mr. Henry Ttnney took their 
marriage vows this afterrxoon at two-thirty in the Chapel. A 
reception fbr fifty gaeats followed in the small Ball Room of 
the Inn* 

Our bride looked chaining in her ivory satin Rown 
worn with an antique lace veil. She carried nhite chryifintheonnui. 
The bride* 8 only attendant was fawned in old rose taffeta, fashioned 
with antique lace collar and cuffs. She carried an old fashioned 
bouqiwt and wore a crown of flowers in her hair. Chrysanth^oums 
in fall colors were iLsed on the mantles and as a center piece on 
the Buffet table. The wedding cake -aas placed on a separate table 
and later cut hy the bride. 

Mr. and Mrs. Robert J. Mcaro of Waltham, Massachusetts 
received one hundred and fifty guqsts at a reception held in the 
large Ball roam of the Inn. A fire was glowing brightly on the 
J) hearth as our bridal couple received their guests. The bride 
was gowned in "rtiite satin and her two attendants in lime and 
apricot satin, /ihite chrysanthemums were carried by the bride. 
Tellow, bronze and white chrysanthemums were carried by the attendants. 
A five piece orchestra plajred appropriate lausic and a Bridal 
waltz was enjoyed by all. A three-tier wedding cake was cut by 
the bride and the couple departed on their wedding trip. 


Week of September 25 - October 1, \9k9 inclusive 

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SundAj, September 25» 19U9 Pleasant 

Our Sunday Night Suppers served from 5i30 - 7*30 
o* clock are drawing many people to the Inn on Simday evening 
who laie^ otherwise be at home for Just a "snack" out of their 
OKn rcfz^gerators. Tonight an added attraction were the 
brightly glowing fireplaces and after supper several guests 
lingered around th^oi. One small boy ?rho was not accu8tc»Qed to 
old i^ating methods and not very familiar with new ones, point- 
ed to the fireplace and asked, "Is that a radiator?** 

A handsome Greek gentleman carrying pencil and pad 
was introduced by soiae Kellesley friends this evening as an 
author who is writing about the history of this country from 
the view point of a modem traveller. He is starting from 
New England and will continue his literary travels to the 
Ifi/est coast following the path of early pioneers. His nanie 
is Eliar V^aezir* 

IJonday^ 3epte:aber 26, 1914? Cold 

A yoxing couple from Los Angeles came up to the bar 
last night and asked if they could liave a room* Our roc^as 
were all taken but they sciemed so disappointed and rather 
disaouraged we told them they might have one of the exhibition 
ToooB on the second floor* I'hey grasped at the opportunity 
and then told us that they had driven by the Inn earlier in 
the day tldnklng we might be filled up and had gone into 
Boston* Tliere were no ro(»is to be had there so back they 
caiae tw^:ity miles to try their luck at the Inn* Hlhen th^ 
were shoMi Parson's iioom and read the TMom on the door the 
Ts^BTL said, "Now I know we shoiild stay here* Misname is 
Parsons, tooi" 4 

The Sharps from Buffalo, Jfew Tork, also spending 
the night, had a fine little boy* fie wore a navy uniform 
with a real seaman's white cap although he was only about 
eight years old* It seems he goes to a Naval Siunmer ochool 
at Georgian Bay on Lake Huron and knew all about boats end 
even walked with a sailor's rolling gait* Mr* Coulter, a 
navy man, too, maaie friends with him il^t away and they 
had quite a discussion about tying the different kinds of 
knots necessary on board ship^ 



Week of September 2^ - October 1, 19h9 inclusive 

- 2 - 

Monday, oept ember 26, 19h9 (continued) 

Two hundred and fifty member* of the Prarie Farmers' 
ir«L*S* had dinner at six-thirty* They came in seven Gray Line 
buses, idiieh filled our paxicing space and had tw> hundred and 
ninety pieees of baggage on board* The reservation vas made 
some tJboie ago by Miss Orpha Han of Chicago irtio prtmounced their 
visit to the Inn and their dinner of baked ham topped off with 
our now famous baked Indian Pudding, one of the highlights of 
the trip. 

Tuesday, September 27, 19h9 Partly cloudy. 

The reservation readt "Thirty men from the l^ssa-* 
ehusetts Detective Association to see the house*" The hostess- 
es were contemplating the event this afternoon mth such 
r«BBax^ as "Better put everything under lock and keyJ" Just 
then the thirty men walked in and asked if we were expecting 
a group from the Massachusetts Protective Association - an 
insurance organization* Everyone had a good lau^* The men 
entered into the fun and all realized that in spite of modem 
improvements l^e telephone does not always give a clear 
connection* After Joking about the situation, the group was 
conducted through the house by a hostess and because of the 
humorous beginning the visit was more enjoyable* At least 
everyone expressed his appreciation of a very good time* 

Wednesday, September 26, 19U9 Rain 

In spite of inclement weather and unusual time 
of year, a young teacher and group of 28 children were 
conducted through tlie Inn* They were fourth and fifth graders 
and very quiet and well-mannered* 

The Gray Line continues to bring its busload of 
slg^ seers for lunch* Today there were thirty-one* 

The first frost of the season on i^onday failed to 
touch our flowers* Mrs* 0* Toole, a frequent house guest, 
informs us that the garden is lovelier than ever* She is 
here again for a few days rest from a busy life* The first 
thing she does t*en she gets here, rain or shine, is to visit 
the garden then she goes up to the Chapel and spends a few 
Bteeixts In quiet meditation there. 



Week of September 25 - October 1, 19h9 inclusive 


Thursday, September 29, 19hl9 Bain 

UrBm Qeorge Berans of Quincy vas the hostess at 
a luncheon party this noon for thirteen of her friends* 

This ecvening a group of fifteen men from the 
Telechron Ckaspany of Ashland, Massachusetts had a very 
spedlal dinner arranged at one table on the Porch. Mrs. Flint 
placed a pretty floral bouqxiet in the cotiter of the table bit 
it was the food iriiich appealed most to these hungry meni They 
exclaimed over the steaks and Broiled Live Lobsters and ccs^sli- 
mented the cooks very highly. They clLso spoke of the excellent 
service. Telechron i&akes those attractive clocks itiich appear - 
very Qft«i in color » in the magazine advertisentsnts. 

Friday, September 30, 19li9 KLeasant 

AiQong our afternoon visitors today came Mrs. Wood 
frcKa the Masonic Home at Charlton. Mrs. ntood explained that 
she is a secretary there and iias acquainted for many years 
Tfith Mr. Taylor. 

Mr. AndersOTi and his dau^ter from Nevr Tork City have 
spent several nights at the Inn. Upon seeing the Howe coat-of- 
arms in the Parlor, ISr. Anderson renarked to a hostess, "This 
young lady's mother is a Howe and we have a copy of the coat-of- 
anas in our home. Ur, Anderscm did not realise when he made his 
reservation that the Inn was built by the Howe family ^thus it was 
a pleasant surprise. Before leaving, Mr. Anderson and his daugh- 
ter became very interested in the Inn and its history. 



Wedc of Septedber 2$ - October 1, 19U9 inclusive 
Saturday, October 1, 19lt9 Fair - Cold 

This being a perfect fall dagr, the Inn irelcomed 
many guests and among theci came thirty-fire ladies froia 
the 'BoTOB EconomicB Depairbaent of the State Teachers College 
in Rhode Island. They enjoyed a Chicken Pie Ixmcheon and 
said it was of course- "excellent" • 

Mrs. Phillips, along with her two young children, 
spent the night at the Inn. Mrs. Phillips, her son and 
daughter, aged six and seven, were a picture to behold. All 
petite, friendly and with beautiful bloiKie curls. 

Little Miss Phillips clutched a fleecy white lamb 
while her mother signed the registiration card and Tfdien the 
hostess adnired the lamb, the little miss quietly said "His 
name is Lamie Pie and I have brou^t him to see your lasibs 
and the little Red Sdiool House." 


Week of October 2-8, 19U9 inclusive 
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Sunday, October 2, 191*9 Pleasant 

Mr, and Mrs. Barry fras Nashua, New Hanrpshire drove 
down to the Inn for dinner today and wandered through the 
rooms exflmininc the old pieces of furniture in every detail. 
Ifa*. Barry, a cousin of T<Ma Mix, famous movie actor, used to 
work in the show business himself. Several yesrsago he 
retired to take up his residence in New England and to repro- 
duce aome of New England's finest old furniture. He makes 
the ininiatiire antiques - Salem and Boston rockers and Hitch- 
cock chairs and comer cupboards and such. Today he showed 
us eoiae of his handicraft and we adnired the careful, minute 
detajLjL of his new profession. Mrs. Barry cooperates by doing 
the delicate painting and stencilling work. We were interested ^ 
too in Hr. Barry's antique shop 'nhich is "Juat another aide line!" 

Dr. and Mrs. Winfred Rhoades have returned from their 
SiBBBer in the Berkshires and dropped in for dinner this noon. 
They said they were glad to be back in their lovely old house in 
Sudbury Center. 

Monday, October 3, 19l9 Cold - Sunny 

Mr. and Mrs. Luke of Hagerstown, Maryland, house guests 
last night, enjoyed their trip in Boston with the Gray Line so 
much that at breakfast this morning they told some other guests 
about it. They were Mr. and Mrs. li^aikley from V/yoming and wotild 
have checked out but decided to stay over another day and go into 
Boston and take the tour so highly recosanended by the Lukes. 
Mr. Lulce said "Wiey had had an excellent guide on the bus and he 
told many Jokes one in particular about Boston's narrow streets. 
He said you can paric on both sides of the street so if you stay 
in the middle you are all paiiced. 

Nineteen meaabers of the Thought and viork Club of Salem 
came to see -Uie house in the afternoon. Their club belongs to 
the National FederaticMi and they had just been over to the pro- 
posed Living M«Borial Forest, at present part of the laysidte Inn 
Estate. The state president, Mrs. ixMmd L. 'i;i^.ls<»i of Aubumdale, 
came with the group from Salem. 


THE misim urn 


Week of October 2-8, 19h9 incluaive 

- 2 - 

Tuesday, October k, 19h9 GLoudSy 

Mr. Faas, a frieidly and chatty guest tram 
Pennsylvania told us today that he has been very nnich 
impressed with New England cordiality. He -was partictilarly 
pleased when he drove up to a gasoline filling station and 
was presented with a copy of the Bostcm Herald, The newspaper 
was neatly wrapped and the station attendant announced that 
Mr, Faas could have it "with the coii5>liments of the filllns 
station". Mr, Faas had never before heard of such a nice 
gesture and felt that New Englanders were doing all they could 
to make the out-of-state rs feel at home. 

John Colby was here for dinner this evening feeling 
very much like the deserted husband. Mrs. Colby is ^pending 
a few days on Cape Cod. IThen she is away we all aiiss her gay, 
lively mood and there seems to be a kind of "vacancy" in the 
neighborhood. The Colbys bought the old Walker place on 
Peakham Road* 

Wiednesday, October $, 19k9 laia 

In spite of, or perhaps, be cause of, the drou^t 
this summer, the autuon foliage is the loveliest we had had 
in many years. The woodbine is esfiecially noticable with its 
masses of scarlet leaves t os««d over the gray stone wails and 
cliirfoing to t}^ topanost branches of the elm trees across the 
street from the Inn. These "crims<ai curtains", as Longfellow 
calls them, with the setting sun shining through^ make an 
unforgetable blaae of a>lor« 

Mr, and Mrs. Boiricer, on their way to Boston on a 
business trip, dropped in for a second to leave a basketful 
of their lovely iroses. They survived the summer heat and in 
these cooler October days are more colorful. One single rose 
on a long stem called "The Doctor" has atti^acted everyo:i^'s 
attention witti its perfUme and its size. It actually measures 
five iiMhes in diameter. 

Week of October 2-6, 19U9 inclusive 
- 3- 
Thursday, October 6, 19h9 Pleasant 

Two groups from Rhode Island journeyed to the Inn 
today to partake cf the "an^jler hospitality" found here. The 
first group -was a Mother's Club froa one of the Providence 
churches. Ihey numbered thirty and irere under the guidon ce of 
Urs. Buckley. They enjoyed a lunebw^i coioposed of Roast Laab 
and the "fixins". 

T}» second group numbered twenty-five and irere from 
the Rhode Island State Teachers College under the direction 
of Miss liildred Bassett. 

Friday, October 7, 19li9 Fair - Earner 

Althou^ ym have had several killing frosts and 
most of our beautiful floners hs-ve been taken by the frost, 
these last tetr "warm days have brou^t out nany late bloons 
in the Longfellow Haaorial Gairlen. A walk through the garden 
today and one might see Dalhias of all colors and sizes. A 
large red, yellow and lavender variety as well as the miniature 
dalhias in red and yellow orange tones. Red, yellow and 
lavender zinnias and a few yellow daisies may still be seen. 
All are beautiful qpedmAns and make up into a charming fall 
bouquet. Sf ^ 

Saturday, October 8, 19U9 Very .Varm 

Today's activities began with a wedding luncheon 
served to a party of eleven in the Old Kitchen, 'lie bridal 
couple, Mr. and Mrs. Herman S. Woods from Petterborou^, 
Hew Hampshire were seated facing the open fire which glowed 
brightly on the hearth. A wedding cake with a white taper on 
either side adorned the ceiter of the table. 

A luncheon was planned this noon in the large Dining 
Room for a party of fifty. Tills party was under the able guidance 
of Dr. Ernest Lockwood from ^Varwick Neck, Rhode Island. Thsy 
were members of tee Historical Society. 


Wedc of October 2-8, 19h9 inclusive 
Satturday, October 6, 19h9 (continued) 

Late afternoon and the Inn iffelcomed a vedding 
party of seventy-five. The bridal couple, Mr. and Mrs. John 
F. Parish froa iJ?althaiii, Massachusetts received their guests 
in the large Ball Hxxm. of the Inn. 

Fancy sandwiches, cakes, ice cream and coffee ivere 
served buffet style. A weddiiig cake, with bride and groom 
decoration adorned a separate table and was cut by the bride. 

Following the cutting of the cake, the bride, 
threw hei* bouquet and t he bridal couple left for their 
wedding trip. 



Week of October 9 - 15, 19h9 inclusive 

- 1 - 

Stmday, October 9, 19U9 Very Warm 

The large Ball room tvas packed this afternoon -with 
two hundred and fifty guests idio iiere here to extend their 
congratulations to Kr. and Mrs. Robert Eagar fdio were married 
in Westboro earlier in the day. As a matter of fact the -wedding 
-book place at four o'clock and the receiving line was forn»d 
in front of the Ball room fireplace at five o'clock. An even 
longer line of gues-ts, wai-ting to shake hands with -the happy 
couple, exteixled from the Ball room to the front door of the 
Innl After -wishing the bride and gxx)om the best of l-ock and 
happiness, "the guests partook of sandwiches and ice cream at 
-the Buffet -table. This -was prettily decorated with flowers and 
candlelight and gleaming silver. In the opposite comer of 
the room a Pionch bowl -was particularly popular due to the -un- 
seaaonable warm weather with high hmnicdty. Neverless the bride 
cut her cake with a great deal of gaiety and shared the first 
piece with her handsome groom. Af-ter this the bride retired to 
change into her "going away" suit. 

Monday, October 10, 19h9 Very Warm 

Four women, librarians from Hempstead and Freeport, 
Long Island, stayed overnight and left this morning early. 
They seemed -to be starting out on a trip instead of going 
back -to work like so many of our guests at this -time of the 
year. They -were in a holiday mood and no wonderl They were 
sailing for Europe soon. 

Ifir. and Mrs. Hinckley of Detroit had dinner at the 
1812 House in Fraraingham yesterday, expecting -to si)end the 
night there. Up<m being -told that no rooms were available 
they 8-tood for awhile outside wondering iriiat their next rao-ve 
would be. Then a kind gentlanan stuped up and said he knew 
of a very fine place, the Weyside Inn, ii^ere tiiey could s-bay. 
So we, as well as the fflnckleys are very grateful "to this 
unknown frieiKi. It is their thirty-fifth wedding anniversary . 



Week of October 9 - 1$, 19k9 Inclusive 

- 2 - 

Tuesday, October 11, 19h9 Very Warm 

Driving six mnaen in an automobile from California 
on the West Coast to Massachusetts on the East coast and tak- 
ing time out all along the -ray to see the most interesting 
mountains, lakes and cities is no easy task. But Mr. Bambrocki 
nho spent the night here tonight nith his six passengerS) seemed 
not at all weary. In fact, Mr. Bambrock runs a travel and 
courier service all his own and single handed. He told us 
tonight that he has made this sane trip several times but never 
before stopped at the Inn for overnight. The party left Los 
Angeles on Septenfoer 2nd and -will be a-way ten -weeks. They have 
visited Estes Park, the Black Hills, Minneapolis, Thousand 
Islands, Montreal, Nova Scotia, Maine and the White Mountains 
and Boston. From here they will go to New York and "itosidngton 
Williamsburg, Nashville, Texas and Mexico. Tte passengers, 
five widows and one old maid, seemed to be in good trim and 
were full of fun. They are travelling in a custoia-built 
Packard car. 

Wednesday, October 12, 19U9 Very Warm 

Mondi^r the teperature went up to eight degrees and 
this sane suimoer heat prevails tod^. The foliage is still 
beautiful bat the leaves are falling fast. The lawns have 
had to be re-seeded and fresh bushes of Japanese yew put in 
along the front walk to take the place of those killed by the 
drou^t last summer. People are still taking advantage of 
the chairs on the lawn, that is imtil noon today. They they 
were taken in for the winter so as not to spoil the new gra^s. 

Today is a holiday. There was no school for the 
Mary Lsaabers and dinner was served here all day. Sandreds 
of sight-seers went throu^i the house having driven out of 
the towns and cities to s ee the countryside at its laost 
colorful best as well as the antiqpiity within the Inn. 
332 meals were served today. 



1l4Mk of October 9 - 15, 19U9 incliisive 

- 3 - 

Thursday, October 13> 19k9 Pleasant 

A nice looking young sei^rice man with his wife and 
two small children stopped in recently to see the house and 
the young man to renerr old associations. He told us that he 
used to COTJB to the Inn on picnics irfien a boy in UH Cliib work* 
He recalled the time when Mr. Ford offers! a prize for the 
largest grot^ of IxB -ers to come in cHie car. His group won 
tl» prize with fourteen boys crowded into one little automobile. 
Now the ''*b<^ with his fine family is moving back to New England 
and is very thrilled to be back after an absence of several 
years. He went through the house ejqplaining •rerything in detail 
to his children. 

Friday, October Ih, 19h9 Fair - laraer 

Kiis is a beautiful autunn day in "Sudbury Town", 
and along with our luncheon guests and our regular Gray Line 
tour caae a special Gray Line Convention. Thirty-five guests 
attended and included people from San Francisco, California, 
Cleveland, CSiio and EL Paso, Texas. 

IHiLrty-five of oiar pofxilar letter booklets were 
purchased by Mr. Thomas of the Gray Line Coiipany and pit at 
each place for the pleasure and convenience of his guests. 
The party were seated in the large Dining Room and all enjoyed 
luncheon consisting of soup, poached haddock with lobster 
sauce and our fasBDus Baked Indian Pudding with Ice Cream. 

Saturday, October 1^, l9k9 Pleasant 

Ei^ty students from the Mary A. Mnaham School 
■under the able guidance of Mrs. Mildred E. Prince anjoyed 
a tour of the Inn and luncheon served in the large Dining Room. 
The students boarded the buses and continued on to Boston 
where they were met by the Gray Line buses and tak«i on a 
tour of Historic Boston. 

Wedc of October 9 " 1^, 19li9 inclusive 
Saturday, October 1$, 19h9 (continued) 

A three o'clock wedding took place this afternoon 
in the Martha-Uary Chapel and was followed hy a reception 
in the scmll Ball room. The bridal couple, Mr. and Mrs. 
Bobert M. Shaw, recci-ved their guests in front of the fire- 
place in the Ball room. The bride was gowned in an afternoon 
Iffligth blue lace dz*888. She were an attractive blue lace cap 
on her head and carried pale pink roses tied with a pink bow. 

Her bxldal attendant wore a deep rose lace dress 
feushioned along the same lines as the bride. 

The bridal cake was cut by the bride and the 
couple left on their wedding trip. 

leek of October l6 - 22, 19li9 induaiTe 
> - 1 - 

Sunday, October 16, 19h9 Pleasant 

A dear little boy was a mBiA)er of a Breakfast 
party this moiTiing and vas dressed for the occasion. He 
had on his Sunday suit of gray flannel nith regular "grown 
up" coat and abort pants. His tie was of the black silk bow 
variety. As he stood in front of the fire in the Bar-roan 
while Dadcjy was paying the bill, he looked very intently into 
the flames "Good, good fire" he said. We all thought so too. 
It was a crisp, chilly morning. 

Hr. and }ira» Harry Lang from ICaiyland whose courtship 
began at the Inn several years ago, return every Fall for a 
sentiioental visit. This year was no exception altho' the visit 
was a little shorter than usual. They came on Friday and left 
this afternoon. It is not unusual for Hr. Lang to be inspired 
to write a few lines of poetry i^en he is here but he told us in 
a rather sad tone that this tine "toe rause did not flit dowi." 

Monday, October 17, 19li9 Cold - arnny 

Tvro women, houseguests from New York, had never seen otter before they net here yesterday. This morning th^ 
sat chattily on the settle about their many problems. They had 
found a cosanon interest, they were grandmothers and one had 
cowe to be with her daughter with a very sick baby, and the 
other had coxae to take over her dau^ter's iKJusehold with two 
small children while their mother was serio\isly ill in a 
hospital. Mrs. Ageltinger was giving the doctor, who operated 
upon the baby, great praise. Mrs. Jmnison asked his name and 
it turned out to be our neighbor. Dr. Bobert Gross of the 
Ghildraas* Hospital who lives on Wayside Inn Road in Frajaing- 
,. him. 

Tuesday, October 18, 19U9 Pleasant 

Hr. and Mrs. Nay brou^t friends from Florida with 
th«B for dinner this evening. The Hays are from Ea»ter, 
New Hampshire i*iere Mr. Hay is Clerk of the Probate Court. 



Mmk of October 16 - 22, 19lj9 inclusive 

- 2 - 

TuesdE^y October 18, 19U9 (continued) 

Thirty more men from the Paul Revere Insurance 
Ccaapany of Worcester stopped to see the house this afternoon 
as part of a historical tovr which also included Lexington 
and Concord, The home office of the company is located in 
Worcester but these tubsx irere from practically every state 
in the unicm, taking a refresher course in Worcester on how 
to sell insurance. They all thought it iiould be nice to come 
back again with wives and families. 

Wednesday, October 19, 191*9 Cold - Sunny 

Recently, a lir. Carter, now living in Cleveland, 
Ohio, came to see the Inn which he had visited seventy years 
ago when a boy of sixteen* On that day he caii» <m his high, 
olc^fashioned bit^de fzxMQ l^rcester, stopped at the Wayside 
Inn for lunch and then went on to Boston, where he spent the 
night at the Parker House. Although now in his eighties he 
rmmmbered it all very clearly, especially how tired he was 
that night. Later on he had come again with his wife and 
small boy and had slept in the olave Room. Today, acco!Bpanied 
1^ that "small boy*' now a grown nan, he asked to be taken up 
to the third floor >where he could see "the door leading to 
tl» attic where fugitive slaves were hidden. "' Mr. Carter ai^ 
his son had already had one breakfast but they went out to the 
dining room and ate another, "Just for old times' sake." 

Biursday, October 20, 191*9 Pleasant 

Interesting ^lest today was Dr. PlK>ebe Harvey 
from the Isle of Wi^t. She (and she is a she!" was a guest 
of Dr. Nicholson i^o coeks to the Inn quite frequently. 

We have received by mail a new book by Mr. George 
Matthew Adams, called "Better Than Ck>ld. " We like the title 
and -Uie contents, a collection of i^iort essays on everyday living 
and the right way to live. Speaking of old Inns, Mr. Adams 
says that there was ata»^;^ere in then. "Hospitality h\mg over 
the door. Quick tran^ortation and the speed of modem life 
have helped to wipe out the old Inns. A few, seeking to cling 
to the old atmosphere, still exist in the Hew Bigluad area, 
like Longfellow's Wayside Inn at Sudbury," 



V«ek of October 16 - 22, 19k9 indiisive 


Friday, October 21, 19U9 Fair - Warm 

There is a touch of spring in the air today, and 
many of the so-called "old timers**, ventiored out to the Inn 
for luncheon today. Rev,,>arid lfrs« I&iight from Framingham 
and lir. and Mrs, Jenks, all long tisie ?<ayslde Inn friends 
enjoyed luncheon served by the open fire in the old DLning 
room and a chat with their old friends* 

This evening, Mr. J. D. Bontgraaery and a party 
consisting of twenty man from the Babson Institute enjoyed 
a Turkey Dinner served to them on the Porch. They later 
adjourned to the Old Kitchen for a short business meeting. 

Saturday, October 22, 191*9 Cloudy-Rain 

imong our guests today came Rev. Huffinan and 
an artist frient. Rev. Kuffioan is an interesting and 
frequent guest at the Inn. 

!£L3S Qetiaan, a fozner Wayside Inn Hostess, 
acccaapanied hy four friends^^iiere seated in the Old Dining 
Room for lurwheon. After luncheon. Miss Getraan enJo3red 
renewing old acquaintances with Miss Condon, Miss Cail, 
Miss Staples and Miss Fisher. 

A table in front of the fire was set for 
!fr» Burton and his party of three. Also a sjnall cake 
wilii cme candle was requested and served with the dessert. 
*lhen leaving J£r. Binrton stepped up to the hostess at the 
desk and said 'Thank you very much for the wonderful dinner 
and the saall cake. It ?as for a very special occasion^ 
this couple with me have been married one week today." 



Week of October 23 - 29, 1914? incluaive 

- 1 - 

Sunday, October 23, 19h9 Pleasant 

Mr. and Mrs. Grady from Stamford, Connecticut 
arrived on Friday evening and IcJTt thia imDming after attencfeng 
the liarvard-Dartaaouth football game yesterday afternoon. A 
few years ago the Gradys had a son on the Harvard Football 
squad. Consequently, they have traveled a good deal betiveen 
Stamford and Caiid>ridge and have always mads the Inn their 
stopping place. Ur. Grady is a large man extremely gentle 
manners and speech and a heart full of kindness and thoughtful- 
ness for other people. His wife has the same kindly spirit and 
it is always a pleasure to have such a happy couple here. 

ftie of our favorite desserts is Pecan Pie and we 
societimes serve it to the guests on Siaiday. Today ireis a Pecan 
Pie Sunday and many of the people in the dining room cosiplimented 
Maki on her delectable dish. 

Monday, October 2k, 19h9 Cold 

The fall foliage is still beautiful although the 
elms and maples have lost most of their leaves. The oaks, 
however, are now in their full glory. Masses of color can 
be seen acixjss the fields here and there jin all shades of 
color from dark red up through orange to yellow. 

Dick Spencer, who ifsorks in the kitch«i, is a nature 
lover and often has interesting reports to make on different 
bii^ or animal she sees on the estate. Today he saw eighteen 
pheasants at one time. He says there are hundreds of ducks by 
the Laboratory Pond and quite a few wood ducks which were 
almost extinct at one time. 

The Foxes of Pennsylvania made us another flying 
visit last ni^t leaving very early this morning. The night 
watchman has to let them out and they leave the money for 
their ni^t's lodging with him. Going to or from Maine they 
always have a long trip ahead and want to get an early start. 



Ueek of October 23 - 29, 191*9 inclusive 

- 2 - 

Tuesday, October 2$, 19k9 caoudy 

Another group of thirty men fron the Paul Revere 
Insurance Company in V/orcester visited the Inn this afternoon 
and were escorted through the arooins by l£Lss Staples. This 
will be the last in the series of historical tours for these 

Mr. and Mrs. Barnard from Worcester lingered long 
Q enough after their dinner this evening to tell us that Mr. 
Bargftiard's mother and father probably stopped here on their 
honeymoon sixty years ago. Mr. Barnard said that they -were 
married in .Vorcester and drove to Boston where they spent 
two days. He thinks very likely they paused for rest and 
refreshment half way between the two cities - which would 
be at the old Itowe Tavern. 

Wednesday, October 26, 19U9 Rain 

Some rain fell today helpinc a little to relieve 
the still serious water shortage. Towards afternoon the 
skies cleared and the sun came out. 

Today we were informed that four hundred members 
of the American Trucking Association, now convening in Boston, 
would be coining to the Inn about three o'clock. Ihen quarter 
after four arrived we were about to give up hope wiien much to 
our surprise a Gray Line bus appeared. Everyone flew to his 
appointed statior^^in readiness for the influx of visitors, but 
the bus rolled slovtLy by allowed by nine laore. A few rr.c^^nts 
later they were seen returning on the iipper road having just 
made a circuit turning around at the Country Store without 
stopping. TlTe hope the drivers at least told the people something 
about the Inn to make up for not coming in. Such a large group 
is hard to move on schedxile and they were due back in Boston at 
a certain tirae. 





Week of October 23-29, 19h9 inclusive 

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Thursday, October 27, 19h9 Partly Cloudy 

A recent distinguished guest was the Rererend James 
Gordon Gilkey from Springfield, liasaachusetts . Dr. dilkey 
is a well known writer and speaker in New England as well as 
in other parts of the country and is the author of several 
books on religious subjects. Ee was the dinner guest of 
Reverend .Villiam E. Smith of the VVayland Congregational Church. 

Mr. Loring Colaman, Sudbury artist, lias been seen 
around the Inn lately with soioe of his pupils wiio find the 
brilliant foliage in this vicinity very good subject Eiatter to 
put on canvas. Mr. Colenan is painting a picture of the Inn 
hiufflelf which will be used in the January issue of the Ford 
Times inagazine. 

Friday, October 26, 19h9 Pleasant 

Early this morning the Inn folks' attention was 
attracted to the Goodyear Bliiap. It sailed over the Inn 
flashing the trord "QoodyBar** as it passed. 

Mr. and Mrs. Robinson from Marblehead were over- 
night guests Friday and Saturday evening. The Robinsons 
visited the Inn and often ate dinner here during their 
courtship days. This, being their anniversary, tiie Inn 
became the chosen spot to spend several evenings and to 
r^dnisce. Mrs. Robinson has recently coii^>leted an historical 
novel entitled "Proud Heritage". 

Saturday, October 29, 19ii9 Cloudy 

Late this afternoon the large Ball Room of the 
Inn became the setting for a colorful fall wedding reception. 
The bridal couple, Mr. and Mrs. Robert J. Duddy of Waltham, 
received their guests, which n^aabered seventy-five, and all 
partook of the ikiffet Tea irdiich was attractively arranged and 
nicely served. Four white t^)ers adorned the Buffet table 
and were set off by greens and chiysanthesEaums. 




We^ of October 23 - 29 > 19li9 inclusive 
Satvtrday, October 29, 19U9 (continued) 

The bride wore a traditional i^ite satin goim 
fashioned with a lace bertl.a, She ^x. re a lace cape and 
finger tip veil and carried a casce of baby white orchids. 
Three bridal attendants were attractively goimed in aqua 
satin and carried small old-fashioned bouquets. 

Appropriate inusic was furnished by Mr. Rogers and 
a three piece orchestra. The bridal cake yms cut by tlie 
bride and the young couple left on their tredding trip. 

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Heek of October 30 - Novonber 5, 1959 inclusive 

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Sunday, October 30, 19U9 Partly Clouc!^ 

The day was uneventful, if any Sunday can be called 
uneventful. Sundays are always busier than neck-days and 
there is more activity. However, nothing unusual occurred 
today. There are always risany familiar faces among the Sunday 
guestc and we en^oy greeting old friends. Dr. and iirs. Bell 
with their two grandsons are perhaps our most loyal Sunday 
gaests and were seated today at their customary table on tlie 
porch. FiTS. Louis Ho-ife of M<^rlboro Is another frequent 
Sabbath-day friend and was here witli her companion. The 
Khudsens from VJellesley enjoyed their Sunday dinner "out" 
and asked for a table ^ere they could view the Autumn foliage. 
Mr. and Mrs. Turner from .ayland announced their first visit 
to the Inn. Hr. Turner is an artist v*io has been painting 
the Inn recently under the direction of Mr. Coleoan. Several 
guests today stopped at the desk before leaving to engage a 
table for Thanlcsgiving Day. 

Monday, October 31, 19l;9 Rain 

The rain stopped just as the sun was setting. It 
broke through the gray clouds in the west prophesying fair 
weather for toEBDrrow as well as tonight when the spooks and 
goblins will be abroad after dark. Miss Staples' and Mrs. 
Flint's Hallowe'en decorations were niuch adjaired throughout 
the Inn, A huge orange pumpkin and other colorful vegetables 
on a red tablecloth brightened one end of the dark Imll and 
orange candles and bittersweet carried out the same color 
sch«Be here and there. 

Kazie Gould cane in to see us and to show some 
friends throu^ the house, a man and his wife from I/idiana. 



Wedc of October 30 - November 5, 19h9 inclusive 

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Tuesday, Novranber 1, 19h9 Partly Cloudy 

Novesaber put in an appearance today attired in 
gray with a few splashes of October reds left over to 
break the raonotony. The sun shone for a short tine this 
morning but cold, gray clouds soon cast a forewarning 
shadow over the meadows "bare and brown." 

A pleasant luncheon gtiest, Mrs. Tilton, turned 
out to be a cousin of Wiss Martha Hopkins, first teacher 
in our }i!ary Lamb School. She reported that ?,!iss Hopkins 
is still living in Bangor, Maine, well and happy, 

Mr. Schroeder who says he has "spasms" of coming 
to the Inn, was here this evening for the first time in 
months. He always has an interesting accoomt of mountain 
climbing to give and said tliat his latest "climb" was up 
Mt. Kahtadin in I^dne. It was a seven hour hike and one 
stretch of rocky ledge "as sharp as the edge of a knife". 
The top is a flat plateau and according to those who Icnow, 
thJ-s is the first spot in the United States irtiich old man 
Sun strikes when he makes his morning bow. 

*<iBdnesd^, Novenber 2, 19h9 Pleasant 

A small package containing eight interior and 
exterior views of the Inn has been selling very well at 
thirty cents a piece. The pictures are separate snapshots 
and can be pasted in a photograph album. Mr. Samuels of 
Mayaard took a good deal of pains to make these "Snaps" 

In a letter, received recently, Kiss Gilfoy of 
the Evangelical Congregational Church in Weedhara, makes 
her annual reservation for Deceaber l8th foi' a high school 
group of the church. It is their custom to Imve dinner 
at the Inn and then a service of m)rship at the Chapel 
conducted by Rev. S. M. Condit. Miss Gilfoy ends her 
letter thus: 

"A Chriateas season wo ild be incomplete for 
our Church young people if we did not meet 
at the Vayside Inn. They look forward to it 
every year and tell their friends years aliead 
about the special treat." 

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Wedc of October 30 - NoveiDber $, 19U9 incliisive 

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Thursday, November 3, 19h$ Clou^ 

Mr. Gorman, oanager of the Boston Garden, 
arranged luncheon here today for members of the cast 
taking part in the Rodeo show currently playing in Boston 
under the leadership of Gene Autry, Tiiis year, as an in- 
novation, several Indians from lien Mexico are -arith the shoir 
and they came heretoday in their Indian dress and feathers. 
Several covF-girls made a colorful sho'.finc in their leatiier 
jadcets and riding breeches with gay scarfs and bright hats. 
A few cow boys were scattered here and there, but after 
luncheon they all gatliered togetiier on the front step of 
the Inn and had their picture talcen. Tliere were twenty in 
all. Miss Fisher showed them throu^ the house and after- 
"wards accompanied them to the L&ry Lamb School house 'Rrhere 
they hoard the story of liary and Her Little Laab. Mr. Goroian 
presented L!iss Usher with coiapliaentary tickets to the show. 

Friday, November ii, 19I49 Pleasant 

Mrs. Frances Tibbetts Smith, teacher at the 
Mary Lamb School ten years ago, came to the dancing class 
at the Inn today with Frinces Walker and yoimg Debbie 
Walker. Mr. Haynes visited tiie }&axy Lamb School earlier 
in the day and heard the children recite a "Prayer", l^. 
Haynes enjoyed the prayer aiid asked tne children to recite 
it again for Mrs* Smith. 

"The i'rayer" 
"Two little hands noir let us sham 

Two little hands bring down just so. 

ftight hand, right tilings must doe 

Left hand must help it too 

From mischief fold them tight 

Nor let thera strike nor fight 

But stretch tbea out in love 

And upward xx>int above. 

Now fold ttmn. T^iile we pray 

And think of all we say 

Mth heads all bended low 

And eyes all closed Just so. 


Week of October 30 - Noveaber ^, 19h9 inclusive 

Frlday> NcFvecd)er U, 19h9 (continued) 

"God is near to little children 
Let Him hear us Trhile we foray 
Softly now we say "I thank you" 
For this kindness every day. 
Dear Father for all the strength we have 
To ran and leap and play 
For health and food and loving care 
Vsfe ttiank. Thee Lord, today." 

Saturday, November 5, ^9lS Fair - Cool 

A small wedding party, consisting of twenty 
people was planned for tho ¥artha-4lary Chapel this 

The bridal couple. Miss Heidi Muser a.nd Mr. 
Victor Bilf inger have recently entered this country 
from Ifolland which accounts for the number of {juests 


Mr. Copp, a Sudbury I3.nist8r, presided at 
the ccndle-light service uriiile l!iss Fisher rendered 
appropriate organ selections. 

Pure vyhite chrysantheniuas were the bride *s 
choice for the altar, and also for tvro window boxes 
arranged on either side of the white rail. 

The bride looked charming in her pure white 
satin gown. She wore a croTm of gardinias in her hair 
and a shoulder length veil. 

iir. and Mrs. llctor Bilf inger will make their 
home in I»ew Jersey ;5licre Lx. idlf inger is employed by 
the ForstBiann Woolen Company. 

Week of November 6-12, 19h9 inclusive 

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Sunday, November 6, 19h9 Cloudy 

Several Princetonlans returning from the Harvard- 
Princet<Mi football game played at Cambridge yesterday, 
stopped in for dinner this noon. They were dressed in pro- 
verbial tweeds and fur coats and some of the young men looked 
rugged enoiigh to be members of the Princeton team* Incidentally 
Harvard was defeated. 

An advertisement in this morning's Boston Herald 
attracted our attention with a nice sketch of an old lantern 
and beside it this captions '♦WAISIDE INN LASTEHN." Underneath 
was this description: "Inspired by a lantern in the old kitdicn 
at the Wayside Inn, this version is wired for electricity to 
give modem lighting with old tine charm." The lantern is for 
sale at the Paine Furniture Company. 

One of our dinner guests today stooped to the Bar-room 
hearth and picked up a penny. "Shall I give this to Johnny" 
site asked. "He would like it for good luck." 

Monday, Novesober 7> 19h9 Pleasant 

In Coronet Magazine for the month of November there 
is a story about iilias Howe entitled, "Saved by a Dream". He 
was the inventor of the sewing machine and a descendant of 
John How -s^ose son taiilt the Inn. aliile in Boston working in 
a shop for the manufacture of nautical instruments he conceived 
the idea of inventing the machine, idiich was to make him famous 
and began work upon it in the year 18U3. Quoting directly 
from the magazine the story continues t 

"But always one problem thwarted him: where to put 
the eye in the needle so the machine would stitch - - After 
long months of ejcperimenting, the discouraged and fundless 
young Howe was on the verge of abandoning the whole pro^ject 
■nhen he nas saved by a dreaml In tiie dream he was prisoner 
of a savage king - and as his waking problem was the i)erfection 
of a sewing machine, so it ?ras in the dream. Savages danced 

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We^ of November 6-12, 19h9 inclusive 

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Monday, Novoaiber 7> 19k9 (continued) 

about chanting as he sweated at his task; the king advanced to 
the beat of tcaa-toms and gave Howe twentyfour hours to finish 

the machine the machine would not sew for the lack of a 

proper needle. Howe finally had to give up, but as he was 
being led to the place of execution, he noticed the warriors' 
spears were pierced near the point! Now, he knew how to make 
his machine sewl" According to the story Slias Howe awoke 
from his dream and made Uie first rough model of a n^idle mth 
the eye near the point finishing it Just as tlie sun was rising. 

Tuesday, Novenbor 8, 19U9 Pleasant 

Mrs. Flint has been experimenting all the afternoon 
with a decorative sch^ae for Thanksgivinn** .dipping leaves in 
white shellac. The leaves were plucdced when they were a pretty 
shade of red. Dipping then in the shellac preserves the color 
and gives thesa a bri^t shiiqr surface. They will be used in 
vegetable and floral arrangements. A guest, wp+ orbing the process 
suggested trying the liquid on branches of barberries. This 
was done and proved to be the most successful experiment of all. 
The barberries, usually a soft pinkish red, turned to a bright 
red such as is used at Christmas tine. Therefore, we will have 
leaves for Thanksgiving and berries for Christmas I 

Mr. Aaron, a business man from New York, who stays 
overnight with us about once in every three months ^was here 
toni^t and enjoyed a couple of hours sleep before' dinner. 
"That's Just what I cose here for" he said. 

Wednesday, November 9, 19k9 Warm 

Mrs. Belfinger of Framingham, sister-in-law of 
last Saturday's bxdde, came in to have afternoon tea and also 
to pay her bill. ohB was very enthusiastic about the wedding 
ndiich was a candlelight ceremony with Rev. Copp officiating. 
The bride had Just flown over from Switzerland with her mother 
Tdio was I/irs. Belfinger 's guest at tea today and who would be 
flying back to Switzerland in a few days. She bou^t several 
post card views of the Ch^el to take with her. 

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Week of NoveiEber 6 - 12, 19h9 incausive 

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Wednesday, November 9, 19h9 (continued) 

Mrs. Purdy, TJith Mr, Purc^*s help, thought in a 
huge wreath today which had been presented to her by 
Mrs, 0' Toole at a meeting of the Sudbury Woman's Club. 
Mns. 0' Toole a frequent ^ouae guest of the Inn is a ■well-' 
known florist in Vfaltham and had given a talk on flower 
arrangement to the club. There are several kinds of 
pine in the wreath forning a setting for various kinds 
of fruit, oranges, pears, apples and gr&pea. It imposes 
on the trestle table in the kitchen for all to adiaire, 

Thursday, November 3X), 19h9 Pleasant 

Mrs. George I^leslqnner of Newtonville arranged 
a luncheon this noon for eighteen guests who were seated 
at one long table in the old (£.ning room. The women were 
members of the Boston District Womens Society of Hie Metho~ 
dist Church and had as their guest Miss May Hoemer, a 
missionary worker from South Araerica. After the luncheon 
the women remained at the table and held a business meeting 
followed by a talk by Miss Hoemer. 

Friday, Noveidaer 11, 19h9 Rirtly cloudy 

Armistice Day dawned bright and clear but during 
the morning some clouds gathered and by noon time it was a 
typical, gray November day. In these parts the day is 
considered a semi-holiday -Edth stores and shops closed for 
the morning only. Consequently our b\isiness was heavier 
than on an ordinary week-day and li{^ter than on a regular 
holiday. In the evening a party of sixty-three executives 
of the Equitable Life Insurance Compai^ dined in the large 
dining room and were served a Roast Beef dinner with all 
tlie fixens. The "fixens" amounted to a fish course, served 
before the itoast Beef and consisted of Lobster Newburg on 
Toast. Mr. Carter in diarge of the party said he wanted 
his guests to have plenty of fish. They came from interior 
states and e3q>ected lots of fish when in Boston. Also h& 
wanted them to have plenty of com bread. Both were anxply 
provided and the dinner was top^ped off with Baked Indian 

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Ifeek of NovcEtber 6 ~ 12, 19h9 inclusive 
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Saturday, Noveniber 12, 19h9 Cloudy 

A pretty nedding -was held in the F^rtha-Mary 
Chapel this afternoon at five o'clock ifhen Miss Regina 
Barry became the bride of Hr, Robert Loker, About one 
hundred friends of the couple rrho live in ITaltham, liitnessed 
the cerwaony irhich was perfonaed by the Reverend John D« Gopp 
of South Sudbury, 

Miss Fisher played the wedding luai^h and a feir 
selections befoire the bride entered. After the ce2:*einony 
the couple departed for a Tredding trtp and did not have 
their reception at the Inn as is the usual custom. 


Week of November 13 - 19> 19li9 inclusive 
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Sunday, Noveniber 13, 19h9 Cloudy 

A Tard laan frcaii way out in Oregon made himself 
knoKn to us today and announced that he has been irith the 
Ford I'totor Company since January, 1916. ^¥hen we asked lihat 
had brought him to New England, iJr. Scarf f said that he was 
the Coaniissioner for the National HoTising Authority in 
King County, Oregon which includes Seattle and that he came 
to Boston for a convention of the same. In fact, we have had 
several bus loads of convention delegates here in the past 
few days. Mr. Scarf f is the Ford dealer in Auburn about 
twenty miles froan Seattle and he was particularly interested 
in the Coolidge Sap budcet with its signatures of Mr. Ford, 
lir. Firestone and Mr. Edison. He recalled many interesting 
incidents of his association with Ford during the past thirty- 
three years. 

Monday, Novanber lli, 19U9 Pleasant 

Two more names have been added to our list of 
celebrities in the Special Register. Beneath Harold Lloyd's 
signature appears the following "Senator Claghom, Mr. and 
Mrs. Kenny Delmar that is". They were dinner gaests here 
yesterday and Mr. Delraar, upon being introduced to three 
fascinated little girls wha had been sitting at the next table 
in the dining room talked like Senator Claghom at their 
request. He told then he had two little boys at home {\nd wished 
he had a little girl and wouldn't Sally like to come hcane with 
him? But Sally shook her head. Tten they talked about their 
respective dogs and finally said goodbye, Mr, Delmar shaking 
each little girl's hand and calling her by name. Mr. Delmar 
is now appearing in person in "Texas Lil' Darlin" at the 
Colonial Theatre in Boston, ife e;q)ects to go into televisitm 



Beek of November 13 - 19, 19h9 inclusive 

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Tuesdaj, Novesfcer 1^, 19i;9 Cloudy 

Twenty-ei^t youngsters from the Kingsbury School 
in Wellesley irlth their teacher and several mothers, drove 
over to the Inn this afternoon and had an unusually interest- 
ing and happy time here. They -were of the exceedingly 
bright variety of children - nine or ten years old - ready 
"■ith questions before tiie hostess could finish descriptions 
and explanations. One of the girls asked if they coiild go to 
the school house. "No," said one of the boys "ie are going 
to stay right here. All this is ;5^ist as interesting as any 
old school house J" 

Ur* and Mrs. Joly from Philadelphia stojiped for 
the ni^t on their way down from Maine and -were delisted to 
find us open for business. They iiadn't been here for several 
years. Mr. Joly ejqplained that his name came from the French 
" joli" meaning pretty. 

Wednesday, November 16, 19U9 Pleasant 

Thanksgiving reservations are poiiring in and many 
are disappointed at not being able to ccme at an early hour. 
Those who make reservations now must con» at four o'clock or 

Delegates to the National Housing Convention in 
Boston are stall coming out to the Inn by Gray Line. Today 
)iie bus brought about twoity-eight. They come from way across 
the country from such places as Paso), V/ashington, Mt. Morrison, 
Colorado and Petalumus, California. Amont thera were a Mr. and 
Mrs. Fred Lautze. Mr. Lautze came in with a friendly sraile 
and gave his card to the hostess at the bar. Up in the left 
hand comer of this small white card in a blue oval the word 
"Ford" was inscribed, so we knew Mr» Lautze was a Ford Dealer 
from South San Francisco. 




Week of Novanber 13 - 19, 19U9 inclusive 

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Thursday, Novosber 17, 19U9 Cloudy" 

Another adiool group caae today. This time ffon 
West Bridgewater, }'iassachusetts and numbered about forty 
pupils of the -Wiird year liigh School. Miss Fisher took "Uieia 
throu^ the Inn, 

Also more delegates from the National Housing 
Authority Convention arrived on the Gray Line Bus, They were 
served a Chicken Pie luncheon and spent some time after luncheon 
looking around the house. They all came from distant points 
throughout the United States. 

Friday, Noveraber 18, 19li9 FAir - Cold 

Urs. Stuart Hoppin, the former Miss de Mille, 
visited the Inn today accompanied by a young art student. 
Ura* Hoppin is keeping house in Framingham and is -well and 
happy. She still keeps her violin in tune and pl&js in public 
quite often. 

Still another gJiest today introduced hei^elf as 
Miss Iblmes, a hostess at the 17iggin's Tavern. She was a tall, 
stately wcaaan tdth silver gray hair and a pleasing anile - a 
perfect Hostess, I am sure. 

The dancing class iras conducted today for the Mary 
^^b pupils. Today the children especially enjoyed the two 
dances "Life on the Ocean //ave" and "Rinky, Dinky, Parley-Voo" . 

Saturday, Novecfcer 19, 19U9 Cloudy 

Mr, Pell, a young and enterprising accountant from 
De'UtOit departed today. Mr. Pell stayed at Vne Inn for a week 
and although business alw^s comes first mth Mr, Pell, he is 
indeed an interesting and irelccRoe guest. 

Among our luncdieon guests today came Mr. Slyvia. He 
is an advertising man for ttie Boston Globe and for soiae time was 
associated M±th the advertising department of the Ford Motor Com- 
pany in SomerviUe, 




Week of Novena>er 20 - 26, 19h9 inclusive 

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Sitnday, November 20, 19k9 Pleasant 

Several old friends appeared today, people whom ire 
like and enjoy but have not seen for a long time. Among 
thrai was Mrs, Hilton from Fraiainghara idiose sister-in-law was 
once a hostess at the Inn and idio has since passed away. 
Mrs. Hilton had with her a favorite neice and nephew. Another 
of our old friends was Kt. Nutt who has been coming to the 
Jim off and on for years and years. When asked if he was in 
good health, Mr. Nutt replied tliat he was troubled with 
arthrities "but it's one of the good varieties", he said. 

About iwenty men and woraKi belonging to a Caraera 
Club were seen taking "shots" around the Inn at noon tinffl 
and snapped pictures from every conveivable angle. Later 
they came in for dinner, 

Monday, November ^1, 191^9 Pleasant 

The telphone is ringing constantly today, bobb 
people want to add to their number for Thanksgiving dinner, 
some want to subtract and some have to be informed that they 
can not be served at all unless they come late in the day. 
Miss Staples and Mrs. Flint are buj^ planning decorations 
for the big day. 

Mr. Coulter received a post card today from Balboa, 
California signed "Tony". The message reads, "Hi, Hayl 
I'm a married man. Sorry not to be tliere Thanksgiving." 
Tony Angelico is a graduate of the Wayside Inn Boys School. 
After enlisting with five other boys before the attack on 
Pearl Harbor and serving as cook with the army through the 
war/ he settled in California, ceasing to the Inn frequently 
to help out in the kitchen. 

Tuesday, Nov^iber 22, 19i*9 Pleasant 

Among recent overnight guests were Mr. and Mrs. 
¥. G. Wri^t of Denver, Colorado who showed pictures of 
their "Electrical" house - said to be the most coinpletely 
equipped electrical home in the ;iforld. Hr. Wright is in 
the Mill construction business and much interested in our 
Christ Mill. All the electric curroit in his own house is 
generated by an overshot mill wheel. The Wrights are newly- 
weds and are on a six months honeymoon which will cover 
30,000 miles and take them into all forty-eight states. 



llwsk of Novei&er 20 - 26, 19h9 Incluaive 

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Wednesday, Hoveober 23, 19U9 Pleasant 

One faithful fiioad and frequent house guest, who 
will not be with us Thanksgiving Day is Vime, Guiney-Ra^ond 
of Boston, She usually comes for a night or two at this time 
of year and plans to have Thanksgiving Dinner here but this 
year she wrote cancelling both reservations. She closes 
her letter: "lou mil all be so busy that no one will be 
missed and neither will /ou have a chance to realize either 
vhat day it is, so with deejpest regrets, I remain, disappoint- 
edly yours, Ifcie. Gumey-Rayaiond'' . 

Decorations for Thanksgiving have blossomed forth 
in every room. The trestle table in the Old Kitchen has been 
transformed into a thing of beauty. Resting on a beautiful 
old red and green plaid handwoven shawl a shiny bowl and plate 
is placed in front of each ladder back chair. A huge pumpkin 
an a pewter platter, surroxmded by fruit and vegetables graces 
the centre of the table. 

The wooden yoke, used in the old days for carrying 
pails of milk or water, now hangs in the bay window of the 
old Dining room, a brass pail, overflowing with oranges and 
apples hangs on each wooden hook so that they balance perf ect-J 
ly. This is just to i!»ntion two of the arrangements which 
Miss Staples and Mrs. Flint have worked hard over to fill the 
Inn with beauty and color. 

Thursday, Noven4>er 2U, 19li9 Partly Cloudy 


Thanksgiving with traditional emphasis on Tiirkey 
and fixens, raade its annual stop-over at the Inn today and 
found here a royal welcome. The cranberry sauce and plum 
pudding were iready and waiting ^ile the appetizing odor 
of browning turkeys filled the air. The silver in the dining 
room sparkled with a holiday spirit and fruits and vegetables 
symbolic of harvest and feasting were made into attractive 
window and table decorations. IShen the first guests arrived, 
they found a crackling fire on the hearth spreading warmth 
and friendliness. The first guests, by the way, were the 
E^ggins from Kentucky, her^ to spend Thanksgiving with their 
son a student at St. Paul*s School in Concord, New Ilaapshire. 

We^ of November 20 - 26, 19h9 inclusive 
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Thursday, November 2ii, 19h9 (continued) 

Then came other families, soiae numbering ten or fifteen, old 
and young, grandriothers and babies, newly-weds and oldsters. 
One of the grandnothers was eighty-five and she was as spry 
as a kitten surrounded by children and grandchildren. Seated 
•with Colonel and Mrs. Elwell t^.o for many years have spent 
Thanksgiving with us, was Lady CreiTOS from England, The 
Huckins celebz^ted their twentieth Thanl-cs giving dinner here 
with their daughter, an only child, who on that first Wayside 
Inn Thanksgiving was a wee, small baby. Dr. and lirs. Bell and 
family had their usual table on the porch and Mrs. Osgood from 
Marlboro preferred a table in the large dining room where she 
could see "what was going onl" So the Thankgsiving guests 
cajae and '»rent hour after hour until the last party was served. 
It was a long day with hardly time to count our blessings. 
Perhaps the greatest blessing of all was the fact that there 
was work to do - making this a happy day for others. In doing 
this, it became a truly happy Thanksgiving for ourselves. 

Friday, Kovember 25, 19h9 Rain 

Thanksgiving Day vms a sunny winter's day, but today 
brought rain and fog. Despite the rain and its being the day 
after Thanksgiving ^he Inn welcomed over sixty limcheon guests. 
This evening the Chapel was open for the "Snow" wedding rehearsal. 
The wedding will take place on Saturday. Miss Fisher will render 
appropriate organ selections. 

Our friend and frequent guest Rev. Lowell is recovering 
fiDm a case of the "niunps". Re and Mrs. Lowell had planned to 
^end several nights at the Inn, as they so often do, but, as 
Mrs. Lowell wrote "1^ reverend husband isust spend the next few 
days in bed. This the price of school-age off spring!" 

Saturday, November 26, 19h9 Fair - Cold 

Mss Patrick a Lee Snow arai Mr. Wesley W. Teich of 
Weston were united in marriage this afternoon at a four o'clock 
service in the Marthar-Mary Chapel. The bride was gowned in an 
afternoon length rose beige crepe dress with matching hat. She 
carried a cascade of brown orchids. The rmid-of-honor wore a 
daz^ brown crepe dress with matching satin hat. Her bouquet 
consisted of pink carnations and snap dragons. A receiving line 
was formed in front of the fireplace and a Buffet Tea was served 
to one hundred and thirty-five guests, Ifter their wedding trip, 
the bridal couple will make their hotae with Mrs. Guptill in Sudbury, 


Ifeek of November 2? - December 3, 19h9 incl. 
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^ Sunday, November 27, 19h9 Snow 

The first real snow of the season fell last ni^t, 
melting sufficiently in some places to make driving quite 
hazardous. Several people who couldn't get up a certain hill 
this side of Worcester, caiae back here and spent the ni^t. 

A Chinese couple, Mr. and I4rs. H. C. Lin of New York, 
were also among our house guests this week end. They seem to 
enjoy the beauty of the snow and are taking many pictures of the 
Inn which looks veiy lovely just now. The "new" coat of paint 
has softened to a lovely rose making an attractive subject for 
the color photographer. 

A Mrs. Fox of Falmouth wrote her name in the guest book 
and then said to the hostess, "It has just occurred to me that 
I should call attention to my name, iSrs. Henry VadsworUi Longfellow 
Foxl id^ husband was a descendant and my friend, who is with me 
today, Mrs. Ashley W. Rice, is a descendant of the Hows who built 
the Inn. As a child I used to visit relatives nearby and would 
cooB to the Inn to see the bunk where the little slave boy slept." 

Monday, November 28, 19li9 Pleasant 

Two interesting groups came to dinner last night. One 
was Mr. and }lrsm Uorley's, the other Dr. and Mrs. Margeson's. 

Mr. Gorley is president of the Wedgwood Club, is a 
landscape architect and has recently pui'chased a lovely old 
house on the Boston Post Hoad in %ston. Besides their dau^ter, 
the Gorleys had as guests Dr. and Mrs. Huntington of Fayettville, 
Arkansas. Dr. Huntington is an eye specialist as well as an 
authority on rare prints of which he has quite a collection. He 
hQd just givCTi a lecture on this subject at the ^Vedgwod Club and 
was interested in seeing all the pirints in the Inn. 

^^ ^ Our other dinner guest. Dr. Margeson of Uelrose, enter- 

tained a group of singers and officers of the Man's Singing Club, 
Inc» of Beverly, Massachusetts. They had just given their fortieth 
annual fall concert and were considering a get-to-gether at the 
Inn in the spring. They niade inquiries as to prices for an old- 
fashioned dance -aith Mr. Haynes for about one hiindred couples. 
The distin^shed guest of this dinner party was Dr. Jamrs R. 
Houghton, the well-knoim choral director and singing teacher of 



Week of November 2? - Dec«nber 3, 19U9 incl. 

^ - 2 - 

Tuesday, November 29, 19k9 Pleasant 

We received an interesting note today from Mrs. 
A* G. Emifler it reads as folloMrs: 

"Althougji we are not New B^nglanders, Mr. 5«Bser 
and I have both cone to love New Er^land very much. We 
shall always have pleasant memories of the years we hav» 
spent here. High on tiie list of ttiose memories are our 
visits from time to time to the Wayside Inn. Especially 
manorable is our visit on last Thanksgiving Day. Everything 
was perfect, the setting, the lovely dinner and the gracioiis 
service. We have spoken many times of the fine time we had 
and we thank you. Mr. Baraer joins me in wishing you a 
pleasant holiday season and a prosj^erous and happy New Tear. 
Sincerely, Mrs. H. G, Etomer." 

Wednesday, November 30, 19U9 Pleasant 

Mrs. Lane who comes frequently, today sat knitting 
by the fire in the bar room irtiile her friend, Mrs. Enid Louise 
Fairbaim of 7felleaLey, entertained us by telling about her 
mar^ activities. She is a descendsmt of William Bradford and 
lectures in costume on such subjects as "Glamour in Grandmother's 
Day" "Living with Wall Papers and Liking Them", "Gardening 
Gracefully with Grandmother". In another lecture she gives an 
imaginative description of the first Pilgrim Thanksgiving cele- 
bration in Plymouth and an authentic account of her own Bradford 
Ffflnily gathering in the old salt box house built there in the 
late 1700s. Mrs. Fairbaim dlso makes, frraa recipes written in 
her great grancfaiother' s handwriting, bayberry candles and a hand 
lotion made frrai seaweed. The candles take infinite patience as 
Mrs. Fairbaim dips each on© forty tiiaes and then she brings it 
to a high polish by rubbing it in the palm of her hand. To each 
■^ > pair of candles a small bunch of gray bayberries is tied with 
green ribbon making an attractive Christmas gift. 

Week of November 2? - December 3, 191*9 incl. 
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Thursday, DeceB±)er 1, 19ii9 Fair 

Recent guests, Mr. and Mrs. '»^^th enjoyed afternoon 
tea in front of the fire in the Old Dining floom. When leaving 
Mr. <?yeth remarked that he admired the decorations about the 
Inn done with fruits and vegetables and especially one consist- 
ing of dided grasses arranged in a wooden bowl. ''Tou see", 
explained Mr. Wyeth, "flovrers, their care and their arrangement 
arc my "hobby" so I am always interested to see what other 
peopjLt; cto with thera." 

Friday, Dececiber 2, 19li9 Snow 

Four inches of snow covered the ground and clung to 
the trees in fairy-like patterns. Not many people ventured out 
in the storm but the fire burned brightly on the hearth in the 
Bar Room and the Inn orwie again welcaaed their regular Friday 
afternoon guests, tJie children frora the llary Lamb School. 
Dancing Class was held in the Ball Room. Mrs. Bennett, Mrs. 
Purdy and Mrs. Purdy's father, Mr. Polland, attended the class 
this afternoon. Mr, Polland is very fond of the children and 
frequently makes the trip from Vvaltham in order to be present 
at the dancing class. This week, Mr. Polland presented lir. 
Haynes with a pair of hand made "sticks" to aid the childrai 
in keeping tin* with the music. 

Saturday, December 3» 1^9 Fair - Cold 

Early this evening the Inn welcomed Dr. Veo, his wife 
and daughter. Dr. Veo is a frequent Sunday dinner guest but 
tonigjit he asked for lodging for his family. Dr. Veo e3?>lained 
they were on their way to spend the winter in Florida but ran 
into car trouble. "We live on Nantucket Island in a house about 
one-hundred and seventy-five years old, explained Dr. Veo, "so 
we feel very much at home in the atmosphere of your old Inn." 


^eek of December k - 10, 19^9 inclusive 

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SiUKJay, December h, 19U9 Cold 

Due to her brother *s critical illness. Miss Staples 
has gone to Chicago for an indefinite stay. In her absence 
Dorothy Hamilton is filling in today. Although she has a 
full time ;)ob in a sisiall factory which has recently been 
started in Siidbury, she is very willing to help at the Inn 
idienever she can. 

Xesterday*s snow and today's cold kept sorae people 
from coming for their usual Sunday dinner. It was a quiet 
day but Dr. Bell caae at noon with Mrs. Bell and their two 
little red-headed grandsons, Peter and Billy. The Colby's 
came in the evening for Sunday night supper. 

Monday, December >, 19U9 Sunny - Cold 

Filling half the Yi&iie in today's Boston Herald is 
a pictTire of the Inn taken from the southwest by the Staff 
Photographer, Calvin Campbell. Underneath is the captions 

"Legendary :Vayside Inn, "built in the old colonial 
day idien men lived in a grander way**, shines bright3.y in 
sunlit snoT*' scene at Sudbury. But "The hobgoblin hall, now 
scanevjhat fallen to decay" of which Longfellow wrote, is 
resplendoit now. It was restored by Henry Ford." 

Two charming ladies braved the cold today to take 
a cximplete tour of the Inn. They were l!rs. A. J. Santry, 
ndiose husband has been legal advisor for the 'Wayside Inn 
estate for many years and her guest, lHadaiaie Anne Marie Giguet 
of Paris, France. They arrived late in the afternoon and 
because of a dinner engagement later with their husbands, 
had to leave without seeing any of the buildings outside. 
Both enjoyed "Uie Inn, however, and liue. Giguet especially, 
appreciated and spoke of \iie quiet and peaceful atmosphere 
of the old Inn. 


Week of Decranber it - 2X), 19li9 inclusive 

- 2 - 
Tuesday, December 6, 19h9 Pleasant 

Fifty Detroit News Boys under the able guidance of 
Mr, Staner of the Gray Line enjoyed luncheon at the Inn today, 
Tlie boys were flown from Detroit to Boston for a convention 
and 5. tour of Historic Boston, Concord and Lexington and 
concluded their Journey with luncheon at the Inn. 

Mr. G, L. Frost from Concord brought three guests 
to diiiner this evening. Mr. Frost often arranges for a 
series of three or four luncheons to be served in o ir Old 
Dining Room cind bjrings as his guests a group of fifteen or 
twenty business associates. 

tiedoesday, Deconber 7i ^9k9 Saov 

An unusual telj^i<wie conversation took place today. 
Barbara i.aton, 1*10 is helping us in Miss Staples' absence 
answered the phone when it rang with the custoinar;^, "Trayside 
Inn". Then she was heard to say, "Henry Longfellow? No, 
he does not live here. Do you niean Kenry "iiadsvrorth Longfellow? 
The man at tlie other end of the line evidently said, "Tes, I 
want to spe-ak to hisi. Is l-je there?" Then Barbara said, "No, 
he is not here. Perhaps you want a Henry -fadsworth Loncfellow 
who liv3s in Weston?" But this did not satisfy and after Barbara 
patiently e3q?lained the poet's connection with the Inn the 
graitleman finally rang off. Rev. Butters, a luncheon guest, who 
could not help but h^ar this on^-s ided conversation said "I 
thought I'd better stick around. If there was goin^ to be a 
seance it mii^t be interestingl" 

Anotl^r French lady, Kile. Goyet of South Sudbury 
ventured out in the sno-j^. She is a seaai-invalid, so it really 
was an adventure for her to coEe to the Inn wiiich she was 
anxious for a friend to see. ICle^ enjoyed Mrs. Flint's decora- 
tions, exclaiming over them in French. She said she was very 
glad to see -ttiem as she had read about them in the Enterprise i" 


Week of December ii - 10, 19U9 inclusive 

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Thijrsday, Decesiijer 8, 19h9 Very Cold 

Mr. iTilsen of Kartford, Connecticut, a buainens nan 
who travels a good deal, often has dinner here and then spends 
the night. He arrived late this afternoon and asked for the 
room on the second floor. He likes the serai-private bath and 
the desk where he can write and so he -y^as given the Qarden roora. 
On his way to and frc }ir, Nilsen often stops at the Country 
Store so tliis tine he was comissioned by his family to get 
sQn» uioi'e of "that wonderful cheese" irfiich he did. He said it 
always atiazes him hor^ accijrately I'x* SwansOTi can gage a pound 
or a half a potind before he weighs the cheese. Mr. Nilsen 
seesed to be in a chatty mood today and said that as a boy he 
used to hear his "ather, who was bom in Sweden, sljig funny 
sonjis about an old tranp nicknaned "Ole Bull". Later in his 
life he became confused when people spoke of the real Ole Bull 
as he always thou^^t of hira as an old drunken reprobate. Finally 
his fat'ici' explained it to hira. «7hen Mr. Nilsen first came here 
he was given the Ole Bull ro<aa «hich pleased him very much. Now 
he puts sfciitinient aside and asks for the larger one in tshich he 
can spread out. 

Friday, Decaaber 9, 19li9 Very Cold 

Recent guests at the Inn were Dr. and Mrs. Ranniston 
from Providence, Rhode Island. Di . Kenniston is a retired 
Brown University Professor. He has taken up photography as a 
hobby and today centered his attention on our Inn. He took 
several sterioptican photos of the Bar Hoora. 

Gwen )!cDcnald, a resident of Sudbury, and a former 
Inn ejs^xLoyee brought several friends to see the Irm this 
afternoon. Gsren I'IcDonfcld's mother was Bessie Parmenter and she 
lived in the house wtiioh was purchased by &'. Ford and later 
nade into the Boys School. 

Saturds^y, December 10, 19U9 Cold 

We received a lovely Christmas card today and a 
thank you note from Miss Marion M. Hopkins viho wrote: 

"Thank you so imich for sanding me the copy of "No 
Ro(Ka at the Inn". Uaj 1 say that I was hox)efally surprised 
and most pleased to t hink you found tiine to do a favor for a 
complete stranger. 

Btost Sincerely, 

Iteirian M. Hopkins" 

Week of Deceaber 11-17, 19h9 inclusive 

Sunday, December 11, 191*9 Rain 

A drizzling rain fell all day causing icy roads- 
Four separate acridents occurred on the hill coming towards 
the Country Store frcaa Marlboro. People preferred to stay 
at home instead of going out to eat or sight see. The 
radio warned every one to keep off the roads. Business 
consequently was reduced to a Ednisiuia. Jay McDonoughjWho 
has been working at the Inn all s-ummer. is now ei^loyed by 
the State Highway Depariaaent and will drive the snow plow. 
Today, he was busy spreading sand on the icy roads. 

Monday, December 12, 19li9 Rain 

A warm rain has been falling all day and the 
snow has completely disappeared. It is hoped it will 
alleviate somewhat the water shortage. 

A gentleman one day inquired of a hostess 
what Lafayette's first name was. It does not appear on 
€my of the doctments or pictures hanging in the Lafayette 
ro<»n, nor could it be found immediately in any book in the 
Library. T}» French lady, Madauae Giguet, who came the 
other dsj with Mrs. Santry was asked but she did not know. 
Mile. Goyet, living in Sudbury, but oom in France did not 
know but promised to find out. Today arrives a note 
from Mile, in which she says, "Voici les nOTis de LaFayette 

"Marie, Joseph, Paul, Koch, Yves, Gilbert, 
Hotier, Marquis de La Fayette I" 

Tuesday, Decoaber 13, 19U9 Pleasant 

A table for nine was set up this noon in the 
Old Dining Room for Mrs. h. Clark and her guests. A 
Christmas centerpiece adorned the table and a cheerful 
fire burned brightly on the hearth. After liincheon the 
ladies were taken on a tovtr of the Inn. Mrs. Burridge, 
accon^janied by two ladies, also ©i Joyed luncheon in tlie 
Old Dining Rochs today. 

Six students from the Vesper George School of 
Art visited the Inn this morning. They were sent from 
the school on a field firip and were eitreaely interested 
in the Inn aiKi its furnishings. 




Week of D«2esn±>er 11 - 17, 19r9 inclusive 

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Ifedneoday, Decec^er lit, 19k9 Pleasant 

After two days of rain today is clear and cold, 
Christmas cards to the hostesses continue to arrive. A 
personal card from Graycroft Cabins lias a "Thank you" over 
the manager's signature. Probably because we sent quite 
a few i>eople ther^ this suinmer when our rooms were all 
filled, Mr. Fotmtain was grateful. 

Another "Thatok you" comes from Dublin - Texas 
on stationary marked "Liglitening C, Ranch". It is from 
Carolyn Colbom, one of the girls from Gene Autry's Rodeo 
at the Boston Garden, a few weeks ago - 3he writes - 
"I am writing to t hank you and tell you what a wonderful 
time I had visiting the Wayside Inn. It was a real 
experience for lae to get to go through the Inn, which I 
had not done in about ten years, and as a result I could 
rem©aber nothing except the old high silk hat box in one 
of the rooms - I really dont expect you to reraeaber me out 
of all the people that come there or even our Rodeo group. 
But I was the siaallest and the one in the black western hat 
and brown suede jacket with the calfskin trim, iite arrived 
hoiae in Tejcas in fine shape and was it ever hot. I 
hope everything is alright there and you have a very Iferry 
Christmas. Very truly yours, Carolyn Colbom." 

Thursday, Dec<siber 1$, 19h9 Pleasant 

^ had a pleasant surprise Uiis evening when 
Mr. and Mrs. Stanwood stopped in to have dinner. The 
explanation for their long absence was that Mrs. Stanwood 
had been very ill with pneumonia. Tonight they were 
celebrating what th^ called her "victory dinner" aiKi 
helping thea to celebrate was Mrs, Stanwood* s nurse ladio 
had been with her all during her illness, Everyone agreed 
that Sirs, Stanwood looked in the best of health despite her 
long confinement. 


Wedc of Decahber 11 - 17, 19h9 inclusive 

Friday, December 16, 19U9 Pair - Cold 

We received an interesting Christmas message today 
frora the Rev, Dr« Huntl^« Dr. Huntley yrho lives in Cash* 
brld^, Massachusetts J is a diarter nember of the Itoiversalist 
Fraters Grcup./ldch i:eets at the Inn in January of each year. 
Dr. Huntley's Christinas wish r«ad3 as follows t 

"The Cheerful Chris tiaas Corporation" 
"kinutes of ihe ai.nual meeting , Decscaber, 19h9 
Call to order by Lilla P. Huntley, President 
The follcTiing resolutions were moved, seconded 
and canded, 

1. Resolved: that the members of this organization 
like everybody. 

2. Resolved: that "Uiey enjoy some iseople especially 

3. Resolved: that to -Uieir favorites they will mail 
copies of these resolutions. 

h* Resolved: that hi^ly enthusiastic Christmas 

greetings are thus expressed to all recipients. 
5« Resolved: that, having come to the sunset years 
of life, the iiwnbers are serene, being fully 
confident of a competent CJod and a successful 
imi verse. 

Duly adjourned. 

George E, Huntley, Secretary" 

Saturday, DeceT±>er 17, 19ii9 Pleasant 

Christmas Greetings are cccdng from fri«ids far and near. 

Friendly greetings have come froa Rev. Austin S. Ilale^ 
and from Eddie Newton, a Wayside Inn Boys School graduate^and a 
box of candy from Dorothy Kaiailton, a hostess at the Inn this past 
aunaaer. Also a colorful card of a >¥ayside Inn with a stage coac^ 
approaching. The verse reads: 

^Along our assets fre like to count, the only one that 
money can buy. Your C5ood-.*dll and so at this Holiday Season we 
extend to you, as a friend: - ti» best of wishes for the coining 

Allai's Country Store 
mifred J. Allen" 

Ifedc of Dec«aber 18 - 2k, 19h9 inclusive 

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Sunday, December 18, 19h9 ISana - Rain 

The annual dinner of the young people of the 
evangelical Congregational Church, followed by a candle- 
light service at the Martha-Mary Cliapel, took place this 
evening. Rev. Edward M. Condit, pastor of the church, 
cane with the group and entered heartily into the spirit 
of the occasion. He helped to fill in the time between 
dinner and the Chapel service by playing quiet games with 
them in the large ballroom. Christmas carols were simg 
to the accompaniment of an accordion after which the boys 
and girls adjourned to the Chapel. Here an irapressivs 
service was conducted by Mr. Condit after wtiich the 
children emerged each one carrying a lighted candle. By 
this tiise it had grown dark and these little lights ccaning 
down the hill toward the Inn made a lovely sight. 

Ifonday, December 19 » 19h9 Cloudy 

The house is very warm today due to the unseason- 
able weather. It doestnH look as though it was going to be 
a white Christinas according to the prediction of the weather- 

Mrs. Flint is busy decorating and today one of the 
old lanterns has been taken from the Old Kitchen and a 
t^i^orary electric light lias been installed in it. It now 
hangs in the bay window of the Old Dining Rooti with pine 
bou^s and red ribbon for a background. This is the lantern 
mentioned previously, which Paine Furniture Company copied 
and has had for sale at their store in Boston. 

Hancy Batchelder of South Sudbury, a former Mary 
Lanber and Southwester came in to the Inn on an errand. 
Y/hile waiting between buses she enjoyed looking through the 
house so ouch that she almost missed her bus. She said it 
was amazing how much she had forgotten in all the years 
since she went to school here. 



^eek of Deceiaber 18 - 2U, 19U9 incliisive 

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Tuesday, December 20, 19^9 * Pleasant 

Among our recent guests came Rev. Moss and a 
party of ten. "Hiey enjoyed dinner in tlie Cld Dining Room. 
Vihan leaving, Eev. Moss presented the staff with a box 
of Christinas chocolates. 

AnoUier box of candy was sent to the Hostesses 
froa Mrs. Hazel Gould. Mrs. Gould lives in Sudbury in 
"The Captain Enoch Kidder House". She takes overnight 
guests and we often soid our overflow to her in the suraaer. 

Hev. Arnold and Rev. Arterton spent the ni^t at 
the Inn recaitly. Both are frequent and very pleasing 

Wednesday, December 21, 19U9 Cloudy 

Miss Staples is remaining in Chicago through 
Christmas and in her absence Barbara Eaton is filling in. 
She surprised everyone recently by announcing her marriage 
■#iich took place last siBomer. Her name is now Mrs. Nelson 
Deveneau and her husband is ski instructor at Black Mountain 
in New Hampshire. Due to lack of snow he is enjoying a short 
vacation in Sudbury with Barbara *s family. 

This evening ten young ladies from Marlborough 
had dinner. The reservation was made 1^ Miss Eleanor Jones 
itio is employed by the liarlborough Public Library and has 
charge of the Qiildren's Roaa. The other young ladies were 
also business WOT«n and enjoyed ttieir dinner and relaxation 
from care afforded by the Wayside Inn. 

Thursday, December 22, 19i^9 Pleasant 

The dancing class, usually conducted by U.r. Haynes 
every Friday, was held today as the children were invited to 
a party by Mrs. Purdy. How their eyes shone ishen they caaie 
into the ballroom and saw a beautiful Chrisiaaas tree all 
lighted and trinflsed and on a table nearby stockings filled 
with candy and presents! In spite of tliis distraction the 
children went through the usual waltz and a quadrille or two 
and a new version of the Virginia Reel done in waltz time and 

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Week of December 18 - 2U, 19U9 inclusive 

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Thursday, December 22, 19U9 (continued) 

very slowly to the music of the Minuet. After the last 
waltz, the children marched around the ballroom and down- 
stairs T?here ice and cake were served. A red Santa Glaus 
Tiith a pack on his back filled with lollipops isas at each 
place. Mrs. Purdy gave each child a present as they said 
"good afternoon". "Thank yous" and "Merry Christmases" 
filled the air as they walked doim the hall and out the 
front door iriiere the little yellow bus was waiting to take 
them horae. 

Friday, December 23, 19U9 Rain 

Today the Inn welcomed Mrs. Jones from Alabama. 
Mrs. Jones is going to stay with us for several weeks while 
her daughter, Mrs. D. Oliver is getting situated in her 
newly purchased hraae the "Hager House". Mrs. Jones' 
daughter purchased the house from Mr. and Mrs. Crelley, 
who lived there for about a year. Ihe Crelleys were 
charming people and we were sorry to see them move back to 
the West, however, Mrs. D' Oliver is equally as charming 
and we are happy to welcome her to our neighborhood. Mrs. 
Jones is here Just for a visit and will return to Alabama 
where she owns and operates an "Antique Shop". 

Saturday, December 2li, 19U9 Fair - Cool 

"T'was the night before Christinas" and as we sat 
by the open fire in the Bex room hal^ expecting to hear 
"Santa" appear on the roof, the front door flew open and 
in cane a jolly Santa. "How do you do - HO, Ho, Ho, Ho, he 
exclaiiaed" When we inquired about his raindeer, he replied, 
"Oh, I left them in the woods for your roof has no snow." 

By this tisae we recognized the voice of our 
"Santa" as being that of Chester Fabion. He m^s on his 
way to Marlboro to play Santa for the children at the Greek 
Church and later to visit the sick at the IJarlboro Hospital. 
With a "Jferry Christmas to all and a Ho, Ho, Ho" he was on 
hie way. 


Week of December 2$ - 31, 19h9 inclusive 
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Simday, Decoaber 2^, 19U9 Pleasant 

The Inn was not lacldng in Christmas spirit nor in 
the welccaae of good cheer it gave the two hundred guests who 
chose this old-fashioned abode for their holiday celebration. 
Turkeys were steaioing in the kitchen ovens iriiile plates of 
plum pudding were standing on the pantry shelves ready for a 
topping of hard sauce. The ornamental side of the Christmas 
celebration was taken care of by Mrs. Flint who spotted 
throughout the house the syabols of the luletide in woodsy 
pine boughs upon which were hung glittering oniaraents. Pine 
cones were gilded and graceful leaves of the rhododendron were 
spattered with gold paint and then made into beautiful arrange- 
ments on mantles and tables. They were not done in any haphazard 
fashion but with thought and care. They expressed the Christiaas 
spirit with restraint and grace. One of our gutsts today in 
comniCTiting on the decorations said he thought they were done by 
an artist whose very Clirisiaaas spirit flowed into the making of 
than. Tlie man was an artist and we know too that Mrs. Flint is 
an artist. We hope that the very same spirit she displayed in 
her work flawed into the hearts of all who spent Christmas day 
at the Wayside Inn. 

Monday, December 26, 19h9 Cloudt^ 

Yesterday, Mr. Purcfy called our attention to a picture 
in the Boston Herald, of three sen who were co-directors of a 
perforamnce of the Messiah. This was the 13th annual performance, 
given recently in the High School ^ditoriuin of Brunswick, Maine 

hy a chorus of thi^e hundred voices. "Tlie man in the middle is ^ t*A-^ 

my cousin", said Mr. Pur<^. He is Dr. Lyle Rin^', direct of the 
Iheelock College dee Club of Boston. This great lorfc of Handel »s 
was sung to an audience of one thousand people by the Colby College 
(Hee CXbib and the Brunswick CSioral Society as well as the Wheelock 
£k)llege Glee Club, 

They say: "A b^grberry candle burned to the socket. 

Puts love in yo\ir heart and money in your pocket." 
if burned on (Jtiristjoas Eve. So one of tJ^^ese fragrant green candles 
STirrounded 1^ holly branches, bun»d on the hutch table in the bar 
room that night. Toni^t it was borrowed by a romantic young 
couple. They were overnight guests and placing the candle on a 
table in the Old Kitchen th^ opei»d their presents as they say 
by the fire on the high backed settle. 




Week of December 2$ - 31, 19U9 inclusive 

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Tuesday, December 27, 19lj9 Cloudy 

Taking a rest from traffic jans and city speed, 
ai^ Mr. and Ivirs. Paul H. Stoutt of New loric who are here 
for the holidays. Mr. Stoat is a business executive with 
the American magazine and fonaerly a fiction writer. His 
wife is a charming petite blond who makes a most attractive 
picture sitting on the black panelled settle in front of 
the fire. In contrast, Mr. Stoutt is a large man of the 
athletic type, broad sho dders and so tall he has to stoop 
when passing under the low door casings of this old house. 

Wednesday, December 26, 19li9 Pldasait 

This Eoming we said goodtoye to Joan Dieffenback 
with deep regret. Since she started coming here each year 
at this tiroc for thirteen years we feel that she is more a 
friend than a guest. 

Mrs. Dunn of Wellealey Hills brought seven children 
to tea this afternoon. They were of varying ages but very 
well behaved : nd even the smallest one seemed to enjoy the 
Inn as well as her sandwiches and milk. Other people also 
wanted a change from, home cooking and we were very busy allday. 

Thursday, December 29, 19li9 Cloudy 

A letter casie today from an appreciative minister 
Triio describes his visit to the Inn as "a cherished honor". 
He ends by saying "May the great host of people vAio ramble 
those rooms and halls be inspired by the grand welcome you 
give each one." 

Yours in Christian love and fellowship 
Leopole }^ssart Hays 

This we^ has been a little more active as far as 
guests are concerned. Schools are closed and many children 
are being entertained by their parents or guests from out-of- 
town are bing sho-wn the historical points around Boston and 
vicinity. This is one of the few places of liistorical interest 
open to the public throughout the year. Most of the old^ 
old houses in Goi>cord, Lexington and Salran are closed throu^ 
the ^nter months. 




liMk of December 2^ - 31, 19li9 inclusive 

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Firiday, Deceeber 30, 19li9 Clouc^ 

Among oiLP luncheon guests today came a young 
family. Mother, father and son Ked, who was about foxir 
years of age. Ned, with a sparkle in Ms eye, carae 
trudging into the Bar Room after his parents carrying 
a huge stuffed ahiiaal. Ned explained, "This is ny 
Teddybear". Ilothor assisted Ned with his explanation 
by saying "This Teddy unlike most fuzzy teddybears, 
•was made of a linen cloth and dressed in linen clothes. 
Ee is about forty years old and belonged to Ned's uncle. 
He is Ned's favorite toy and he insists on taking him 

Saturday, December 31, 191^9 FAir - Cool 

Recent Guests 

Eev. Cuiamings, his id.fe and son stopped today 
to say Hello I and to wish us all a very Happy New Year. 
Rev. Cuinmings is a m«aber of the "Fraters** group who 
will hold their annual Retreat at the Inn the latter part 
of this i3onth« 

Bishop n/ri^t. Assistant to Arch-Bishop Cusftlng 
of Boston, enjoyed luncheon with a friend today in the 
Old Dining Rooe. 

Miss Itoidand, accompanied by an elderly lady 
have stopped for luncheon three times this week. Today, 
the elderly lady said, "I am like the bad penny, forever 
turning up". 

We are very happy to greet these two ladies 
for they always coei© in with a siaile and leave us with 
a friendly wish.